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Daniel Farke: Club record would be nice but it is not our focus

19 March 2021

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke says it would be nice to set a new club record of consecutive victories, but it was not part of his or his players' focus going into Saturday's match with Blackburn Rovers.

Tha Canaries, 10 points clear at the top of the table, will set a new club record of 10 consecutive wins with a victory over Blackburn Rovers tomorrow but it is not something the head coach is thinking too much about. 

“I would love to break the record,” said Farke. “But if I am honest, it is just a side note because we want to do the major stuff, we want to finish in the top position in the table.

“To break an historical record comes automatically. It is not like we are focused on it. If it comes like this, then I would love to take it, but it is not our main focus. Perhaps in a few years, when you are sitting with a glass of wine or a pint on your sofa, or maybe a cup tea whatever you prefer, you can look back and say you have written a chapter in Norwich City’s history. That is a great feeling to have, but for right now we are just focused on the status quo in order to win the next valuable points.”

City to get those points will have to do without Lukas Rupp, who set up two goals in the last victory over Nottingham Forest, as he has a hamstring strain. However, we do welcome back Emi Buendia, who was ruled out of the last matchday squad as he attended the birth of his son Giovanni.  

“Lukas (Rupp) has been really good since he has come back into the squad," said Farke. "He was pretty impressive against Luton, with a top performance, then against Sheffield we were all struggling a bit together as a team, and then he put in a really, really good performance the other night (against Nottingham) with two assists and many, many good scenes. It is a blow for him and it is a blow for us, but I hope it is not too bad and to have him back the other side of the international break."

Speaking about Emi's return, Farke added: “It was a special week for him. He didn’t join us in each and every training session because sometimes you have to accept that there are more important things in life than just training and playing football games.

“We allowed Emi to be there (at the birth of his child) and it was great that we were able to deliver such a performance without him, but now he is back available and that is also good news for us.”

Speaking about the challenge he expects from Blackburn, Farke added: “It will be tough. They are a good side, good in possession and there is not much pressure on them so I am sure they will go for it. It will be difficult task there is no doubt about that.

“They are an unbelievable dangerous team and they can beat each and every opponent. Especially in the offence they have many options and they are a good footballing side, so I expect a tough test for us tomorrow."

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