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Daniel Farke: We can win wherever we go

22 January 2020

Norwich City Head Coach Daniel Farke says his side are capable of picking up three points regardless of the opposition in the Premier League, assuming they’re firing on all cylinders.

“We know we face a top-class club with one of the most successful coaches in the world,” he said, speaking to the press ahead of Wednesday’s game against Tottenham Hotspur. “We can win points against every opponent wherever we go. We have to be at our best level, because if not something like a tough result against Manchester United can happen.

“[Against Bournemouth] We were accused of not being able to take results over the line or keep a clean sheet at home. We were accused of winning points against the top teams but not so much the teams around us. We were able to do that, so good for the confidence and the mood.”

The Spurs game comes sandwiched between last weekend’s win against AFC Bournemouth and Saturday’s FA Cup fourth round tie at Burnley, and the boss offered a potential solution for such fixture congestion.

“We played 46 league games in the Championship last season and two cup games,” he said. “Nowadays, the load for players is unbelievable with the pressure on each game, then you have players who play for their national teams like Teemu Pukki and you can’t give them a break. We have to be careful.

“Everyone wants them to play and have as many games as possible and we get benefits from that. It’s difficult to find the balance, but we have to take care of the workload without complaining too much about it. More breaks and less games would help with the quality of the games.

“It can be tricky for the Head Coach in terms of man management because you have to work with big squads but are only allowed to play eleven players. Some other countries have 20 players in the travelling squad which makes a huge difference because you don’t have to disappoint so many players.

“The workload isn’t healthy, but we can’t change it from a business point of view, but we can look for some solution to help the circumstances.”

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Looking at the league standings doesn’t make for pretty reading for City fans, but Farke insists his experience of working in relegation battles in his previous career can come in handy.

“When I took over at Borussia Dortmund II, we were sitting two points below safety,” he explained. “There have been several times I’ve been involved in relegation battles. During my career, I was either fighting for titles or battling against relegation.

“More or less, the only solid season was my first one here when we finished mid-table. The Premier League is the best league in the world and the attention is bigger, but it’s important to have this experience to know what is necessary to be successful in this period.

 “We have to be a realistic. When you’re a side promoted to the best league in the world a few years ahead of schedule, and no-one trusted us to win the Championship, to go with more or less the same squad, you have to handle the expectations. It was a historical season last season.

“We didn’t use it as an excuse, but we had the biggest injury crisis of all our competitors. It’s difficult for top sides to handle their top players being injured. We had to play without one fit centre-back for weeks. It would be a miracle to stay in this league.

“It helps with the mood when you have a good start, thinking a point is sometimes a good result. To close the gap, we need wins so that makes it more difficult. We all started playing football to create something extraordinary and we believe in miracles.

“We have to work hard for it, but we’re in the driver’s seat and it’s up to us to create it.”

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Match Reports

City defeated at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

22 January 2020

Norwich City were cruelly denied a share of the spoils, falling to a late defeat against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night.

Teemu Pukki’s second penalty in as many games had levelled the scores midway through the second half following Dele Alli’s first half opener.

But late in the piece Son Heung-Min nodded home after a fortuitous deflected shot had looped into his path on what was a rare Spurs attack in the second half.

There were few inside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium who would have argued against the Canaries earning a point, but ultimately it was a night of frustration in the capital.

Daniel Farke made two enforced changes to the starting line-up that had previously defeated AFC Bournemouth at Carrow Road.

There was a full debut for January signing Lukas Rupp, who replaced the injured Emiliano Buendia. Grant Hanley was in for the suspended Ben Godfrey.

The hosts started with a real tempo, with Erik Lamela seeing an early warning shot from a Serge Aurier cross well saved by Tim Krul.

But on 15 minutes City carved out their first meaningful chance of the contest.

A slick passing move culminated with a clever give and go between Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki on the edge of the Spurs box, with the latter curling an effort marginally wide.

Tottenham continued to control much of the possession, but City were stubborn at the back and picked their moments in attack.

Cantwell whistled an effort from the edge of the area wide of the angle of post and bar after Spurs had failed to clear an Ondrej Duda corner kick.

On the half-hour Son latched onto Lucas Moura’s slide rule before firing into the side netting.

Just as it seemed an even opening half would end goalless, Spurs broke the deadlock after capitalising on a quick turnover of possession.

Son slipped a pass into Aurier, whose low cross from the right channel was turned home from six yards by Alli.

Seconds prior to the half time whistle City worked arguably their clearest opening of the contest.

Neat interplay down the right side saw Max Aarons fire a low ball into Pukki, who controlled in the area before teeing up Rupp. The German struck his first-time shot wide of the far post.

And that City momentum continued at the start of the second period.

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Pukki fired wide from 18 yards following a clever reverse pass from Duda, before Spurs scrambled clear from their own goalmouth after a move that saw City superbly sweep the ball from right to left.

Norwich continued to control much of the play and were deservedly handed a route back into the game from the penalty spot on 68 minutes.

Aarons was upended by Ryan Sessegnon after surging on to another clever Duda pass. After a lengthy VAR check the penalty was given. Pukki stepped up to coolly convert, low to Lloris’ left.

It was one-way traffic, but against the run of play Spurs edged back in front.

Alli’s shot deflected off Christoph Zimmermann over the head of Krul and into the path of Son at the back post, who arrived to nod into an empty net.

It was a cruel blow for City, who continued to pile men forward in search of a second equaliser, but to no avail, Rupp's shot from distance deflecting wide with ten minutes remaining.

Six minutes of stoppage time were added after 90 minutes, but there was no way back into the game for Daniel Farke's side.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (C), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Son, Winks (Dier 56'), Lamela (Eriksen 62'), Lo Celso, Sessegnon, Alli, Aurier, Moura
Unused substitutes: Gazzaniga, Sanchez, Ndombele, Fernandes, Tanganga\
Goals: Alli (38'), Son (79')
Bookings:

Norwich City: Krul, Aarons, Byram, Hanley (C), Zimmermann, Rupp (Drmic 86'), Cantwell, Pukki, McLean (Stiepermann 93'), Duda, Tettey (Hernandez 82')
Unused substitutes: McGovern, Lewis, Trybull, Amadou,
Goals: Pukki (71')
Bookings:

HT: 1-0
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
KO time: 7.30pm
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Attendance: 58,182

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Tottenham Hotspur v Norwich City

21 December 2019

Tickets for Norwich City's trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, January 22 (7.30pm KO) will go on sale from Monday, December 30.

Tickets will be priced at:

Adult £30
18-21 £22.50
65+ £19
Under-18s £17

Tickets will be available via the following sales windows:

Priority Window – Monday, December 30 (9am)
Away Premier Members – Tuesday, December 31 (9am)
Standard Away Members – Wednesday, January 1 (11am)
Season Ticket Holders – Thursday, January 2 (9am)
General Sale – Friday, January 3 (9am)

Coach travel is priced at £24 with a £1 discount for season ticket holders and away members. 

Tickets can be purchased ONLINE, by phone on 01603 721902 (option one) or at the Carrow Road ticket office.

Fans can secure their seat ahead of these tickets going on sale with one of our VIP Away Day packages. Click here to find out more.

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