It will be an emotional day at Barnsley tomorrow as Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey are both involved in their final matchday squads for Norwich City.
The Canaries go into the match having already secured promotion, the title and the club’s record points haul in a season. Barnsley too have little to play for, other than jockeying for position in the Sky Bet Championship play-offs having secured a top sixth finish two games ago.
In terms of motivation though City head coach Daniel Farke said it was important that the Canaries, currently on 96 points, finished the season in style.
“We have achieved everything that we could have achieved,” he said. “I have already spoke to the players and said once you sit back on the sofa in 20 years, whatever happens, this season will be an unbelievable success and you will value this, but quite a bit the last game is in your head.
“This is because it is the last chance for this group of players to be together as a few lads will leave and a few lads will come in for the new season. For that we want to make sure that we have the perfect finish for this group. It would be nice in two decades as well to be remembered as the 99ers. It is sounds better than the 96ers. So, for this we are greedy to finish in style and to have a good last impression.”
Farke will be forced into a couple of changes to the starting line-up as both Teemu Pukki and Oliver Skipp picked up injuries in last Saturday’s win over Reading. However, asked what the possibility was that both Mario Vrancic and Alex Tettey, who it has been announced will be leaving the club this summer, could start the game, Farke added: "First of all, it feels a bit surreal to go into the last game with them because they have been such an integral and such an important part of our plans.
“Since I have arrived both have been quite important for me and Alex (Tettey) for the club before that. We will see, but there is no time for any gifts of experiments. We want to be there with a strong starting line-up. Oliver Skipp and Teemu Pukki were in the last starting line-up so I have to make at least two changes and, perhaps a few more, but the most important topic is that we want to go with a strong starting line-up and then to win some points. However, we will see what the starting line-up is.”
Norwich will also have the Sky Bet Championship trophy presented to them on Saturday. However, Daniel Farke added that it will be a bit strange considering the protocols in place and the fact that the fans won’t be there.
“It will be a weird feeling,” he said. “We have to stick to the protocols, that is right, and we, of course, have to stick to the plans with social distancing, but one topic is that we just have medals for players that will be in the matchday squad and for the head coach and no more will be allowed in the official picture.
“It feels a bit strange that my coaching staff are there without a medal in this official picture or that Teemu Pukki and Oliver Skipp (who will travel to the game), and the others that are injured, are not allowed to wear a medal.
“It feels strange, but we are living in strange times. It is a bit sad that we are not all allowed to be in this picture because they fully deserve it. It is a team effort. It is also strange not to be able to celebrate with our supporters because many of us still have the memories of celebrating at Villa Park with our supporters and these memories will live forever. It will feel surreal tomorrow, but we cannot choose this. However, they will be the time where we need to celebrate it with our supporters and we are looking forward to this.”