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Daniel Farke: We have to be proactive at defending set-pieces

18 December 2020

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has outlined the challenge his side is set to face when Cardiff City arrive at Carrow Road for Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture (12.30pm KO).

The Bluebirds’ squad is one that’s full of quality, with recent results demonstrating a realistic ambition to challenge for the top six this season.

“Harry Wilson is a fantastic player but Cardiff have many threats,” Farke said. “It's no coincidence they've been consistent in recent weeks. They want to finish in the top six and were in the Premier League two years ago. We're respectful and have to be at the top of our game.

“Looking at the recent form, Cardiff have won five of the last six which is outstanding. They have an unbelievable amount of quality players and an experienced coach on this level.

“We're also a strong opponent for them, so it's not like we're scared. Every game on this level is difficult so we have to deliver again.”

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One area the Canaries will be paying close attention to is the defending of set-pieces, with Cardiff currently the league’s most frequent scorers of such goals.

“Neil Harris was always known as a coach who pays a lot of attention to set-pieces, as did Cardiff,” Farke added. “No other team has scored more goals from set-pieces, so one topic is to control possession and keep them as far away from our goal as possible, but then you have to be focused to defend them.

“Sean Morrison is perhaps the best player in this league from set-pieces. We're playing with technical players who are sometimes not the tallest, so we have to make sure they don't get too many set-pieces, but are proactive in defending them.

“Man City were always one of the teams who conceded the fewest set-piece goals, but it's not like they have tall players, they just don't concede corners or free-kicks.”


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