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Daniel Farke: It’s the game of the weekend

6 November 2020

There may be no six-pointers at this early stage of the season, but Norwich City v Swansea City is already looking like a big one with both sides fighting for promotion in 2020/21.

“It's the spotlight game of the weekend,” Daniel Farke said in his press conference on Friday. “Swansea were in the top six last season and it's second v third. It's one of our biggest opponents so far. It's difficult to beat them, they have good quality and spirit.

“I'm full of respect for what they've done there, they are one of the favourites for promotion.”

Managed by Steve Cooper, the Swans have won 19 points from their opening ten games in no small part thanks to five goals from danger man Andre Ayew.

“I've never met Steve but I've followed what they've done closely in the last few years,” Farke said. “They are growing and it's no surprise they are where they are. They have good young players but also well-experienced players like Andre Ayew.

“Ayew is a key player for them. We need to control him but also their other strengths. They have quality players in the offence as well. We have to be pretty, pretty aware of their style.”

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The Canaries may have dominated teams statistically so far this season, but Swansea may not be so willing to allow Daniel Farke’s side as much of the ball.

“In the last few games, we've got into some really good positions,” he said. “We aren't going to create 27 shots tomorrow so we have to be clinical and focused.

“No matter what position we are in, you have to be clinical against such a good defensive side. We know we have to be switched on and pretty brutal in the final third.

“Some teams have developed into this passing style direction, like Millwall and Swansea. In general, I feel we are dominating games, even against possession-based sides like Brentford. 

“But we want to be efficient - we dominate the ball to win games, rather than top possession tables. We know there'll be periods tomorrow when they will be good in possession - we have to find good balance tomorrow.”

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