9,000 Norwich City fans are set to make the trip to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Wednesday night’s FA Cup fifth round tie, and Head Coach Daniel Farke is fully aware of the volume of support behind his team.
“It says a lot about our club and our supporters, but also the mood and unity around the club,” he said in his pre-match press conference. “To have this support, especially for a team at the bottom of the table, it’s outstanding and says a lot that our supporters have a good sense of what we’re trying to do and they appreciate what the club has done in recent months and years.
“We have great unity, but also responsibility. It’s important that we show pride to wear the yellow shirt and always have this responsibility to give our all to make our supporters and all members of this club proud.
“My players have a good sense of what their responsibility is in order to be allowed to wear this yellow shirt. We are all in a blessed position to be able to work for this amazing club and so for that we want to show this pride tomorrow.”
Reflecting on our last visit to the new Spurs stadium, Farke was pleased with the Canaries performance in January’s 2-1 defeat, despite the outcome.
“We were there with a good performance. I think both games against Tottenham we were on the top level. In the home game they equalised quite late from Harry Kane’s penalty, in the second game I think we were pretty close to winning it.
“Their only chance in the second-half, it deflected across and we were unlucky that they were able to score. It says on the other hand that we have a chance wherever we go.
“If we are good in our topics, we can give a good game against such a good team who are still fighting for a Champions League position, but also it says a lot about the quality of Tottenham.
“When you play such a side you always have to be switched on in each and every second, because sometimes they need a little moment to decide a game. It will be a complicated task and we’re not the favourites, but if we’re good we have a chance.”
Asked for his response to Jose Mourinho’s comments that Spurs were ‘too nice’ in their recent defeat to Wolves, Farke offered his view.
“On this level, each and every detail can make a difference, even just the body language, or how you react after a set piece, or how you use a deflected cross can make the difference.
“To be switched on and fully focused in each and every second is what I think he meant with those comments. For that I think they will be prepared because it’s their big chance to win the FA Cup.
“Jose [Mourinho] is always unbelievably focused to win titles, for that I think they will be highly motivated and fully switched on to be successful in this home game. They will use their strengths to go into the quarterfinals. I don’t expect an easy game, not at all.
“I think Tottenham, especially after the last results, will be highly motivated to get the next good result under their belt. I think the recent result doesn’t help us, it’s more like the other way around, I’d have preferred they won the last game if I’m honest! We can’t choose, so we have to make the best out of this.”