Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke believes his side’s final four Premier League games of the 2019-20 season still hold value, despite the Canaries finding themselves now ten points adrift of safety.
Speaking to the media in his pre West-Ham press conference on Friday afternoon, Farke explained what he’s looking for over the next couple of weeks.
“My focus isn't on next season,” he said. “We want to finish this one strongly and take good momentum with us into the Championship, so these games are still important. We worked so hard to get into the Premier League, we don't want to give any games away.
“No one expected us to fight for promotion with a young group last season. We went into this season with the same group and wanted another miracle, so we're still disappointed we will have the more realistic outcome.”
As for Saturday’s opposition, the Hammers sit on 31 points in 16th ahead of the weekend, three points clear of AFC Bournemouth in 18th.
“David Moyes has unbelievable experience and West Ham have top class options,” Farke added. “You wouldn't expect them to be in a relegation battle but it's a sign of how competitive this league is.
“They have enough potential to stay in the league, but we want to make their lives as difficult as possible. We don't take responsibility for the survival of other clubs.”
Farke also discussed the recent arrivals of new signings Melvin Sitti, Sam McCallum and Danel Sinani, who have all been taking part in sessions at Lotus Training Centre this week, ahead of being eligible for selection next season.
“It wouldn't make sense to mix our new signings with our current first team in training at the moment, as they can't play this season,” Farke explained. “But they can't not train for months so we brought them in to work on their fitness levels and adapt to the training ground and the city.
“Melvin Sitti can learn the language now he's here. It's good to give them the chance to adapt and train as it will be a short summer break.”