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Daniel Farke: Derby are dangerous opposition

3 October 2020

Daniel Farke is conscious of not judging Derby County's points total at face value ahead of Saturday's Championship fixture with the Rams.

Phillip Cocu's have endured a difficult start to their 2020-21 campaign, with three defeats from three leaving them 22nd in the league standings.

However, the City head coach is wary of the threat they'll pose his Norwich City team.

"I'm not addicted in judging them by points," he said at his Friday press conference. "They haven't been miles behind the opponents in their three games and have dominated possession. I'm sure they'll have worked on the goals they conceded.

"Phillip Cocu has experienced everything in his career. He knows how to stay calm and show a reaction. I would prefer to play this game when Derby weren't under as much pressure, because they'll be switched on and motivated to show a performance.

"To be a work in progress and thrown into the cold water, he's proven already he can swim."

Farke was quizzed on his side's defensive qualities and he's confident in his backline to deliver on the pitch this season.

"I totally trust them to handle the situation with their quality, experience and top class character.

"In pre-season we had four clean sheets in five games. We started the season with one at Huddersfield. It's a big topic for us.

"We didn't allow Preston to have many chances and against Bournemouth we conceded from unbelievable quality from [Arnaut] Danjuma. Otherwise we've looked quite solid so far."

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