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Daniel Farke: We are already promoted but we are also greedy to win the title

19 April 2021

Head coach Daniel Farke says it was important that the players celebrated promotion to the Premier League on Saturday night, but as soon as they were in on Monday focus switched to their upcoming match against Watford.

He admitted that the celebrations were perhaps not the best preparation for Tuesday's game against second placed Watford, but it was important for the players, in terms of team spirit and togetherness, to value the achievement of getting back to the Premier League.

“It was a pretty proud moment for us as a group, for the whole club, and a great feeling to head back into the best league in the world,” he said. “I need to allow my players to value and celebrate a little bit the promotion, because once you don’t value and enjoy these big moments, when you write history as a club, you will lose your motivation.

“It was perhaps not the perfect preparation, in terms of the recovery and focussing on Watford, but from today (Monday) we are focused again. We know we are facing one of the best sides in this league and we want to give it a go.

“We are greedy to finish the season is style. We are already promoted but we are also greedy to win the title.”

Watford, who lost to Luton Town last time out, head into the match still on good form, having won 11 of their last 14 matches. They can’t get promoted at Carrow Road, even with a win, but three points would put them in touching distance of the Premier League.

Asked if he and the players felt the pressure going into the game, Farke responded: “I think the pressure, is probably, a bit more is on Watford because whatever happens during this season from now on, it will be an unbelievable successful one to for us as a club and nobody can take this away.

“We want to be successful tomorrow, but if we are not we will also be straight away in the best position to win the title.

"For that, we can’t lose anything tomorrow, we can only win. So perhaps for that the pressure is a bit more on Watford but I am not interested in playing mind games and saying they have to deliver. It will be two really good sides who will go toe to toe to win this football game. I expect a really good game and for that we are respectful.

"We know Watford have pretty good experience and are a really good side. I am pretty sure small details will be crucial tomorrow and for that we are highly motivated. I don’t think pressure will have too much of an impact, if I am honest.”

Norwich face late fitness calls on Grant Hanley (ankle), Teemu Pukki (knee) and Todd Cantwell (hip flexor) ahead of tomorrow night’s kick-off at 6pm.


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