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Daniel Farke: We have to be spot on

Norwich City travel to Lancashire this weekend to face Burnley at Turf Moor in the Premier League this Saturday (3pm KO).

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, head coach Daniel Farke warns that his side will have to be at their best to beat a tough and physical opponent in Burnley.

“Turf Moor is an unbelievably tough place to go," he said. "As a newly promoted side, you have to win seven or eight home games and then a few away. We want to pick up points, but we’re respectful, we don’t see Burnley as an easy game.

“Sean Dyche will be fired up for this important home game. We have to make sure we pick up point after point. We have to consider games where we’re more likely to win points, this is normal.

“We need 35 plus points to stay in this league, so it will be a long road. If we improve in both boxes, we definitely have a chance to do this.”

Discussing the key indicators to beating the Clarets, Farke said the team have to be aware and limit Burnley’s set-pieces, as they are a side that is very dangerous from free kicks and corner routines.

“We can’t allow many set-pieces, corners or free-kicks," he said. "Man City was the best team defending set-pieces last season, but this wasn’t due to their physicality, they just didn’t allow any.

“We have to concede these less. The better we are in possession, the better it is. Burnley are one of the best sides for set-pieces because of their physical threats, they use every free kick, even in their own half.

“It’s not easy for us. Two years ago, we defended all their set-pieces, so it is possible, but we have to be spot on.”

Finally, Farke sung his praises for Burnley manager Sean Dyche as he approaches 400 games in charge for the Clarets, the City boss describing his time at the club as a fantastic achievement.

“I’m full of respect for what Sean Dyche has done. It’s an unbelievable effort and challenge for Burnley to show consistency on this level. He was relegated once, then bounced back, it says a lot about his character.

“It’s a fantastic achievement. He stuck to his beliefs and kept their fighting spirit on the pitch, you can’t compare us that much as they have a lot of experienced players.

“When it’s important, they stick together and grind results out, I like this resilience. To have 400 games for one club in this business is great.”

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