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Daniel Farke said his players need to go into the Swansea City game with the same “desire and commitment” as they were playing with before the international break.
City picked up five wins in five league games going into the November break, including wins against Aston Villa, Millwall and Nottingham Forest, despite being behind in all three.
Last time out saw City came from behind twice at Carrow Road against Millwall to win 4-3 late on, and Farke believes this has made the players’ confidence and self-belief greater.
He said: “The belief in ourselves and the group is increasing; our opponents know that they can’t write us off, and that’s quite good thing.
“We have to stay focused, work hard for each and every point and that’s what we are trying to do each and every day.”
The City boss highlighted the confidence the players have got from the fine run of form they have had over the past few months but doesn’t want his players to get over-confident and stressed the need for them to stay focused.
“It’s important not to be too over self-confident or just take it as a given that we will go further on like this,” he said. “It’s important that we go on with the same desire and commitment.
“We want everyone to be excited for our games and happy with our performances, but we also want a positive result.”
This will be the first time Farke will have come up against one of Graham Potter’s sides. The City boss said he admires the way his Swansea side play, and believes they are of the teams who can challenge for promotion this season.
“We have never met in a professional way before, so it will be the first time and I’m really looking forward because I’m full of respect for his work,” he said.
“When you analyse their game, they are always well organised and it’s difficult to score against them and I like how they play, in terms of control and dominating the game they are a good side.”
Forward Ollie McBurnie is set to be part of the Swans side up against City, but McBurnie isn’t new to Farke after he scored for Barnsley against the Canaries last season. The City boss knows how important the 22-year-old is for their team.
“It’s the sign of his [Ollie McBurnie] quality that a player like Wilfred Bony has to wait on the bench, that says a lot about the quality in the squad of Swansea, but it also shows how good a quality player McBurnie is,” said Farke.
“I like him a lot, he’s good at taking the ball, linking up the play, and he knows how to score, so he’s pretty crucial for the game, but they have several threats on the offence other than him as well.”