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Daniel Farke: We have a chance wherever we go

21 February 2020

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says his side are capable of picking up results regardless of the opposition ahead of the Canaries' trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday.

“Wolves are allowed to play in Europe and that says a lot,” he told the media at his pre-match press conference. “They have a really good role in the Premier League. They kept clean sheets in the last three games, so they have top-class players.

“They have a really good structure and it’s unbelievably difficult to break them down or create chances against them. They have threats in the offense with real quality and are fighting again for Europe.

“It’s a huge task but I don’t see any easy fixtures for us. If we’re capable of being good in our topics then we have a chance wherever we go, including at Wolves.”

Asked whether Wolves’ midweek Europa League game will have a bearing on the outcome at Molineux Stadium on Sunday, Farke suggests that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are well accustomed to their fixture schedule by now.

“They are used to playing in this rhythm,” he said. “Before the Liverpool game, they had twelve or 13 days without a game and they were speaking about having to find the rhythm back, so it can be better just to play games.

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“Wolves were fantastic [in midweek] and it was a home game, so they didn’t have to travel. I don’t think it’s an advantage or disadvantage. It’s a difficult and complicated task and we have to be at our best level to be competitive. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Having had a week to reflect on Saturday’s defeat to Liverpool, Farke says his side didn’t deserve to leave Carrow Road defeated.

“It was an unlucky outcome to lose 1-0,” he said. “We were close to creating a big sensation by being the first team to beat them, or at least to get one point. It was a bit like a free shot, and we were disappointed with the loss, but we drew a line under it and spoke about the positives things we showed on the pitch.

“Performances are always important. We can’t bake results especially against the best team in the world. To deliver performances is the basement to have the chance to get a result. It’s about the little details, to be effective in using your chances.

“We can take a lot of confidence from our last performances. We are definitely on the right path and in terms of results, a 1-0 loss against Liverpool isn’t the end of the world. It’s actually a good approach and we were close to getting something out of it.

“When I judge our last away games, we had a top performance at Tottenham, a win at Burnley, and a clean sheet at Newcastle, so they’ve been quite good in recent weeks. If we can go on like this, we will have a chance in every game to add points. If we are capable of doing that, we have a chance to collect enough points to earn the right to stay in this league.”

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“We know we need to come as close as possible to 40 points. It’s in our hands and if we get enough points, we will have the right to stay in this league. It’s a huge task because we’re in the worst position and need to win more points than all our competitors but it’s still in our hands. We don’t have to look to other fixtures and pray for results, just to be concentrated on our games.

“We don’t want to speak about next season right now because we haven’t raised the white flag. We are focused on what we have to do right now - on the Wolves game. Our main topic is to be as successful as we can in the next few weeks. The other topics aren’t that important.”

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