Skip to main content Skip to site footer
Match Previews

Daniel Farke: We have to be mentally strong to handle this situation

1 March 2019

Daniel Farke said his City side will travel with self-confidence to Millwall on Saturday following consecutive league victories.

Norwich's last two games have seen them beat Bolton Wanderers 4-0 before edging past Bristol City at Carrow Road last time out. And Farke is hoping they can carry on their good run of form at The Den on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

Farke said: “When you are in this position as league leaders it’s the same wherever you travel, the home crowd are unbelievably excited and our opponents are motivated because they want to get a good result against the league leaders.

“You have to be mentally strong to handle this situation, because you can’t avoid all the long-balls so that means you always have to be switched on to win the header and to win the second balls.”

Millwall have lost their last two games, but Farke knows his team will still have to be at their best in order to come home with the points.

“They will try to get under our skin and will try to break our rhythm, but we are prepared for this," he said. 

“We know they lost their last two games in the league, but they conceded just one goal in the four games before. Especially in the home games, they are often there with clean sheets or conceding just one goal.

“It’s difficult to create chances against them and of course they have lots of physical threats, you have to be careful not to concede too many set-pieces because they are unbelievably strong from these.”

The Canaries welcome back Alex Tettey who is available for selection after returning to team training last week. This mean’s most of City’s First Team players are back fit, but the City boss is happy to be able to choose from a big selection of players.

Farke said: “We very nearly have all the quality players back. It doesn’t help as much with the decision making in terms of management, sometimes it’s a bit tricky, but that’s the situation you are always looking for as a Head Coach.

“It’s good that we have them available, there is lots of competition on the training pitch, and the most important thing is we go further on with our committed spirit, with togetherness and a good atmosphere in the dressing room.

“Of course each and every player wants to play, and we have had some really experienced players on the bench in recent weeks, but my feeling is they are thinking more about the group than themselves at the moment.”

Last time out against the Lions, City won 4-3 in dramatic fashion when stoppage-time goals from Jordan Rhodes and Teemu Pukki secured the three points.

“We had to be mentally strong to come back with two late goals, especially how we scored those goals, it was exactly with our philosophy and our idea of how we want to play football," said Farke. 

“It was one of the key moments of this season, but it’s too early to judge this season in general and watch back and talk about key moments, so the most important thing is that we go further on and to be successful as we can be.”

Advertisement block