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Daniel Farke: It will be a real battle

22 January 2021

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has described tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Barnsley as ‘a real battle’.

The Canaries emerged 1-0 victors when the two sides met at Carrow Road earlier in the season, but both sides could look different this time around in terms of personnel.

“It's a special season and we won't take any risks,” Farke said. “It's normal that we rotate but we want to bring a strong starting line-up onto the pitch. We have to find a balance.”

The boss added that City aren’t thinking about the prospect of playing Chelsea or Luton Town at Carrow Road in the fifth round if they beat Barnsley on the weekend.

“We won't worry about the next round too much yet,” he said. “Barnsley are a top side, they had many COVID cases when we last played them. They'll be unbelievably difficult to play against tomorrow. They will be motivated, it will be a real battle.

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“I don't think there is a big favourite in this game. Barnsley will be keen to go through to the next round but so are we.

“You know how much I value the cup competition, we want to be as successful as possible in the FA Cup.

“Each and every win is good for the mood and reputation and it brings respect from the opponents.”

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