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Daniel Farke: Everyone is desperate to have live football again

1 December 2020

1,000 Luton Town fans will take to Kenilworth Road for Wednesday evening’s game against Norwich City, before 2,000 return to Carrow Road on the weekend.

Although there won’t be any Norwich City fans in the stadium at Luton, it will be good to get used to playing in front of an audience again.

“We're happy to play in front of audiences because we can start filling stadiums again,” Daniel Farke said in his pre-Luton press conference.

“We need to create a feeling in the stadium that everyone feels safe. We have to be disciplined in our protocols, ours are really good and we look forward to having supporters back at Carrow Road.

“I think everyone is desperate to have live football again, not in front of the TV. A late winner would've had Carrow Road exploding. Football is a game for human beings, so we're happy fans will be returning sooner rather than later.

“I'm looking forward to some yellow shirts in the away end, but for that we have to wait a bit longer, but it's a good step back towards normality.”

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City will be under no illusions regarding the quality of opponent they’re coming up against on Wednesday, having lost at Luton in the Carabao Cup at the start of the season.

“You can say in the games before that Luton were unbelievably competitive and it was an exemption to concede four to Cardiff,” Farke added.

“They'll fight with a knife between their teeth to win duels because that's what you ask for as a head coach. We need to find a solution to handle this and hopefully the right decisions tomorrow.

“As soon as we stop winning games in a loss or draw, we don't want to speak about the many games because it sounds like excuses. I don't want to mention it too much, we just go through this period because it isn't me making the fixture list. 

“We just need to hopefully deliver a good performance against Luton tomorrow.”

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One player Farke was happy to praise is Oliver Skipp, who has started every Championship game for the Canaries so far this season.

“We take it for granted that Oliver Skipp plays nearly every game with so little mistakes,” he said. 

“He had to adapt in the last two games because he's now playing with Alex Tettey who plays a deeper role, he has to drive the game forward now and was composed to the task. It is no coincidence that Jose Mourinho says he has potential to be Tottenham's skipper one day.”


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