Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has emphasised the importance of a successful season following relegation from the Premier League, saying the team are highly motivated to deliver.
As City head into their Carabao Cup first-round tie against Luton Town, they are missing out on 15 first-team players due to international call-ups.
Addressing this in his pre-match press conference, Farke said that although it will be difficult, the team will adjust to the situation however possible.
“All in all, we have 15 players away on international duties, as well as long-term injuries to players like Sam Byram and Grant Hanley. We can't change the situation and nonetheless want to be successful tomorrow.
“This is the first time in my career I've had to play a competitive game with 15 players on international duty! I don't want to blame anyone for that, it would've been unbelievably difficult to find a date for all of that. It's the situation and we adapt to it the best we can. There's one target - we want to go into the next round."
Asked about the season ahead, Farke believes the team are going into the next campaign with high spirits and high aspirations, despite the relegation from the Premier League in the previous season.
“I know how important it is to be successful the season after relegation. I know how difficult it is to be consistent and successful after relegation, as since I've been here just one team managed to be promoted back a season after going down and that was Fulham, and even they had to fight until the last minute.
“We know how huge the task is, just one out of nine teams have been promoted straight back to the Premier League, we're highly motivated after such a short break to be spot on from the first game.
"We need to have that positive mindset this season when the real stuff begins. It's a difficult game against Luton, but we want to be there with a good result."