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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke told the media in his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon that he wants his side to remain focused on grinding out a result against Manchester City on Saturday (3pm KO).
The fixture list gave Norwich a difficult start to the Premier League season, but Farke relishes the challenges presented when coming up against the best teams in England.
“Each and every game has the same value, so we don't complain. We have worked hard to be competitive against these teams. Facing Liverpool and Manchester City is a tough start and we had problems with our pre-season, so it is probably the two toughest games you have in world football, but we don't complain because we want to have these games.
“We are looking forward to this game and we want to grind out a result. We know it is one of the biggest tasks in world football if you face a Pep Guardiola side in the first home game back in front of their fans. It will be a difficult task, but we know we have our skills and our strengths and if we are at our best we can hurt these teams.”
Norwich fans have fond memories of Manchester City’s trip to Carrow Road two seasons ago, but it will be more important how the Canaries perform over the course of 38 games.
“The win over Manchester City two years ago did not guarantee us to stay in the league,” Farke said. “We are highly motivated for these games, but they will not define our season. We want to play with bravery and courage. We know we are not the favourite but we want to grind out a performance and a result.
“The training sessions have been focused and concentrated. This week was important as we have had the whole group together after the Covid-19 outbreak for the second week running. It was important for our shape and our fitness. The players have worked quite hard and been very focused.”
Farke has also called upon the Norwich fans travelling to the Etihad Stadium to make as much noise as they can and enjoy the challenge.
“It is always good to play in front of supporters, even when the fans are against you in an away game,” he said. “I liked this situation as a player and I like this situation as a manager. We will have a little yellow wall at Manchester City. I am sure it will be a good atmosphere.
“95 per cent of the stadium will be against us, but we need to enjoy this. I am sure our fans will be unbelievably noisy and it will be great to have them back as well. It will be Manchester City's first home game, when they present their silverware to their supporters, so I am sure they will be noisy as well. We want to be playing in these atmospheres and we want to be successful in these moments.”