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Daniel Farke: Schalke win will enhance our confidence

19 July 2019

Daniel Farke believes his Norwich City side’s 2-1 victory over FC Schalke 04 on Friday evening will increase self-confidence within the group.

City triumphed over their German Bundesliga opponents thanks to goals from Teemu Pukki and Moritz Leitner and the result could and should have been more emphatic.

Speaking to canaries.co.uk afterwards, Farke said: “After 19 days in a row without a day off, it’s good to be there with a good performance and a well-deserved win against Schalke 04 who are a German giant.

“Two years ago, they finished as a runner-up in the German Bundesliga and then to be there with a good performance and a win is good for the self-confidence.

“We are still unbeaten during pre-season and in general, 17 unbeaten games in a row, it’s not too bad.

“We can be happy, especially keeping in mind that we were not that fresh today and not that sharp. But it was also the same for Schalke.

“I would not interpret that too much. There were many good situations but there were also a few things I was not really happy with.

“For example, we must speak about using our chances. At the top level, we have to be effective. In this game today, we should have scored five or six goals.

“In general, sometimes after a tough training camp with so many sessions, the last few percentage in order to be clinical and effective is not there I can’t blame the lads too much.”

The match brought the curtain down on City’s pre-season tour. After two wins and a draw, Farke is very pleased with his team’s work during the week.

“Many of the lads have a good basic endurance and fitness level and also in terms of togetherness and spirit. We had different tests to prepare ourselves for.

“For example, today we had to change the base formation because we had problems with our pressing. But it’s good for the lads to have this experience in order to be flexible for the Premier League.

“I hope our injured players come back pretty soon. It’s also important we have them back and have a bit more competition.”

On the topic of injuries, City were without a number of players for the victory in Lotte. However, Farke isn’t too concerned with many expected back soon.

“[The injury situation] is not too bad. Most of the lads will train with us back in England. Timm Klose is back in team training. Sadly, Emi [Buendia] rolled his ankle yesterday during training so there was no chance for him to join us today. Hopefully he’s back next week.”


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