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Daniel Farke: We are relishing the climax to the season

9 April 2021

Daniel Farke is relishing the climax of the Sky Bet Championship with his Norwich City side fighting for promotion back to the Premier League.

The Canaries are within touching distance of an immediate return to the top-flight following their 7-0 victory over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.

Farke is well-aware of the promotion permutations heading into the weekend trip to Derby County but says his team are focused on the job in hand - securing another three points in their pursuit of the title.

"We can read the table and we know the situation. It makes no sense to hide from it, we know we're in a fantastic position," he said at his pre-match press conference.

"We're not too addicted to what happens elsewhere at the moment, we just want to win football games. We can't influence what happens on other pitches.

"I'm not surprised with how well we've done, but very impressed. We lost important players in the summer and didn't have a proper pre-season - we then found ourselves in the Championship, the toughest league in the world.

"It's been an unbeliveably difficult season but it's so impressive that we're on course for one of best-ever seasons.

"If we confirm promotion sooner, it will allow us to celebrate a bit more! We are not too addicted to when we seal promotion - there is plenty of time for us to plan for next season, we have to make sure it happens first."

With a view on this weekend's opponents, Farke is wary of Wayne Rooney's Derby, a team who have inflicted one of only five league defeat on his Canaries in the league this season.

"I'm always respectful of other clubs. Wayne Rooney was a world-class striker and he will grow as a person and manager with this experience.

"I'm sure he can lead them to successful times. They've had some injury problems in recent weeks, he has shown he can deliver and that his team can play proper football.

"When Wayne took over, Derby had a brilliant run of form. They're a good footballing side, they are brave and play with energy.

"They've had some injuries but are a good side."

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