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Daniel Farke: Whatever is needed we are able to find a solution

8 March 2019

Daniel Farke praised his City side for changing up their game and keeping their nerves as they battled for a win at Carrow Road.

The first 45 minutes ended goalless despite pressure from Swansea City, but Norwich reacted well in the second half with a superb strike from Emi Buendia to end the game 1-0.

And Farke was full of praise for the way his side handled a complicated game.

“I’m totally pleased because we played against a fantastic Swansea side and for me in terms of their structure and their possession and also the build-up they are probably the best side we have played in the recent months,” he said.

“We had to bring our game in the second half on a different level and to change a few things in our pressing and also our possession. Big compliments to the lads because they were able to bring this on the pitch and were able to be there to defend this really strong Swansea side with a clean sheet and we had the cutting edge to add a goal.

“In the second half we were much better in possession and dominated the game in many periods. But it was also important to be there with good defending behaviour because for me Swansea were brilliant. It was not possible today to create an unbelievable about of chances but it’s always good to be there with a clean sheet especially against such a good side.

“In the end it was a well-deserved win but also hard fought in a pretty complicated game. These types of wins are really great and for that big compliments to the lads.

Farke praised the character his team continues to show to adapt their game and dig in until the final whistle.

The City boss said: “We had to be mentally strong because in such a game when you play against an opponent who is also playing on a high-class level it’s important that you keep your nerves and are not annoyed that it's not that easy like in the recent weeks.

“It’s important to stay cool and believe in yourself and not get too annoyed when there are some periods when the opponent is on the front foot. It was important to speak at half time about having a winning mentality in the second half and we added this to our game. We showed again that we can handle different tasks and whatever is needed at the moment we are able to find a solution.”

Buendia found the top left corner in his fifth league goal for the Club this season, a strike Farke described as “stunning.”

“I was pleased with the build-up and Onel was there with a good move and found exactly the right moment when he had to pass the ball,” Farke said. “And then it was a brilliant touch from Emi and a stunning strike and brilliant goal. I think he had games where he was even more impressive but it’s a sign of quality when it’s perhaps not your best game but you are then able to be there with such a determining situation. It’s a sign of his unbelievable quality and we are all happy that we have him.”

Farke and his team once again celebrated the win with the crowd and said the atmosphere in the stadium and around the Club is the key to their success.

“It shows how complicated the game was when you realise how pleased the players were after the game and everyone in the dressing room knew to win this game was really massive," he said. "Perhaps we have had more entertaining games in recent weeks when we scored many, many goals and were able to create an unbelievable amount of chances, but to be there in this game with a result is outstanding and for that we had a brilliant party with our fans.

“This unity is really unique. It’s outstanding to have this unity between the city, the Club, the players and also the players who are not involved so much at the moment but are still so proud to wear this yellow shirt.

"It was important that we stuck together in such a difficult game and we need this in the next weeks. Each and every member of this group at the moment is thinking more about the Club and the shirt than about the name on the shirt and for that big, big compliments for the lads. I think this spirit is carrying us and is crucial in our brilliant position at the moment."

 


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