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Daniel Farke: We have to be mentally ready

7 July 2020

Seven points adrift and with five Premier League games remaining, focus and concentration are key for Norwich City during the end of season run-in.

Speaking to the media in Monday’s press conference, Head Coach Daniel Farke said Watford showed quality, despite the result in their previous outing against Chelsea, hence the Canaries cannot afford to play below their best on Tuesday evening.

“Watford looked pretty solid and compact against Chelsea, despite the result,” he said. “They have many experienced players who play with commitment. When they defend deep, it's difficult to create chances against them, but they're also struggling to get the right results.

“They need to win this game to achieve their targets, but we want to be there with a good performance and make their lives as difficult as possible.”

City’s Premier League survival chances look slim, but we’re now at a stage where the boss is concerned with performances first and foremost, in the hope that points will follow.

“We're still realistic,” Farke said. “We've had five wins in 33 games and need five from the last five. As long as it's possible we will keep going. It seems like none of the teams at the bottom are capable of getting points. 

“We've lost our last five, so it's not up to us to say we'll win our next five. It's important to show our pride with good performances and win as many points as possible.

“My focus isn't on next season. It's not like we give up on this season. We want to be as successful as possible with a finish as strong as possible, then we'll see what happens over the summer.

“We're not dreaming about five wins, just focusing on the game. We have to be mentally ready and focused. The pressure is more on Watford because everyone expects us to go down.”

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