It was certainly mixed emotions for Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke following his side’s 4-1 pre-season defeat to Atalanta.
The Canaries dominated the first-half and should have led going into the break when Todd Cantwell calmly finished from close-range, only for Luis Muriel to equalise on the stroke of half-time.
Atalanta, who’ll play in the UEFA Champions League this season, scored three unanswered goals in the second-half with goals from Muriel, Mario Pasalic and Musa Barrow.
Speaking to canaries.co.uk post-match, Farke believed his team’s display deserved a great deal more than the 1-4 scoreline: “Thank god, it’s not about the results during pre-season or else, I’d be pretty annoyed. To lose a game is always annoying and of course, we are not happy with this scoreline.
“But in the end, it’s a joke that we lost this game 4-1. We played nearly a perfect first-half and dominated against a Champions League side and created so many chances. We should have been three or four-nil up.
“We had an individual mistake on 45 minutes and conceded a goal out of this and the same style went further on. We had several chances in the second-half but with their second strike on goal they were able to score.
“They played with lots of effectiveness. Okay, the third and the fourth goal was after 20/21 changes – this won’t happen during the normal games.
“We have to learn that on this level, you have to be unbelievably effective and also that small details and small mistakes can change a whole game.
“In general, the performance was worth more than a defeat tonight.”
Farke hopes his team will learn plenty from the game and also wants them to take self-confidence forward, particularly with their performance over the first hour.
“We will have to face teams who play in the Champions League during the season. On the one hand, we can take lots of self-confidence because we showed that we are capable to compete at this level.
“My feeling was, the first 65 minutes we were the better side and so much on the front foot.
“But it’s also important we learn the details to be unbelievably effective when we use our chances and be fully switched on and concentrated.”