Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says he’s a big fan of Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce ahead of the Premier League meeting between the two sides this weekend.
Amid murmurings of a potential change in Newcastle’s ownership, Farke was also asked how a more buoyant crowd could affect Saturday’s game.
“We only think about things we can control,” he said. “Steve Bruce is such an experienced coach that he will focus his team on this game and just these 90 minutes, not on any other topics. We will do the same, concentrating on our football.
“We have to be good to have a good chance to win some points.
“It’s not easy when there are rumours in the background, but Steve is good at man management and I’m full of respect for his work. When you play a side coached by him it’s difficult because they’re always well-structured and difficult to break down and create chances against.
“They have many threats in the offense and it’s difficult to beat them, so I was happy that we were able to earlier in the season at Carrow Road with a fantastic performance, but now they’re more settled, solid and structured so it will be a difficult task.
“They are always good when they are solid. We have to control their quick counterattacks and their pace. They’re at home and in a solid position. They may opt to press a bit higher, so we have to be prepared for different scenarios and be good in our possession, to control the game.
“We don’t go into any game to avoid losing, we go into them to win. We’re not thinking too much about results but more the topics we have to be good in to deliver a performance that brings us into the situation of winning the game.
“We’ve delivered three top-class performances in the last few games. Sadly, the outcome wasn’t perfect with just two wins and an unlucky loss at Tottenham. We will go into every game in order to win it, and if we can’t we want to make sure at least we don’t lose it.”
Farke was also asked for his response to Danny Murphy’s comment that Norwich City are the best bottom-placed team he’s seen in the Premier League.
“I would prefer him to say we were the best 16th-placed team he’d ever seen,” he mused. “It’s nice to get compliments and we appreciate it, but we’re not dancing on the tables about being bottom of the league.
“It’s good that we get praise for our performances. Our goal is still to work on our little miracle and hopefully at the end of the season we won’t have to speak about being at the bottom of the league.”