Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says the team have to show strong character heading into the last three Premier League fixtures, despite relegation being confirmed last week.
Speaking to the media in his pre-Chelsea press conference on Monday afternoon, Farke said: “We have to be honest and say we were not good enough, but I cannot blame one person. I can only apologise. I'm disappointed that I was not able to work another miracle.
“I think it's quite normal when you lose games to be accused. All I can say is you won't hear one negative comment or word about my players from me.
“These are the players who were praised for their fight last season and these are the same players. For most of them, this is the first time in their career they're facing setbacks. It isn't easy, especially for a young player.”
Looking ahead to Chelsea, the boss had high praise for both the team and Frank Lampard, saying the Blues are on the right path to becoming big title contenders in the league.
“I think Frank Lampard has done a fantastic job, compliments to him. It's a top club and it isn't easy to manage players like he is. They play with a lot of intensity and a lot of pace.
“They still have these young players, so might not have the consistency to win the title yet, but they're definitely on the perfect path.
“I'd have preferred to play Chelsea in a more comfortable situation, they'll be highly motivated to earn their Champions League position. We don't want to win to upset Chelsea, but we want to make our fans proud.
“Once we have a spotless day, we can even win points against a top side like Manchester City or Chelsea. If players don't reach their limit, we cannot win. We must reach this level against Chelsea. We want to prove when we're good in our topics we are able to win points.”
Discussing relegation, Farke says the only focus now is playing with pride when representing the Club in the topflight’s remaining games.
“Once relegation is confirmed you feel the pain, but I'm in a leading role and have to be a role model.
“It's important to show character and personality in these moments, not just because it’s our job, but to show class even in difficult times. I want us to go out on the pitch to represent the yellow shirt.
“We want to look back in ten years and say it was a shame we couldn't stay in the league but we gave ourselves the best finish.”