Norwich City face second-placed Brentford in the Championship this evening, but head coach Daniel Farke insists his side will be viewing it with the same importance as every game.
“It's not the game of the season for me,” he said in Tuesday’s pre-match press conference. “It's just another chance for three points. It's a different opponent than Sunday but it's a normal game and a chance for three points.
“This league is so relentless. We have eleven points more than Leeds had at this stage last season, the lads have done very well.
“Each and every point counts. It's not about the gap, every game has the same value. If we win this game and lose against Luton, we are there with 73 points. If we lose this game and win against Luton, we are there with 73 points.”
Farke was naturally full of praise for Thomas Frank and his Brentford side, who have scored the highest number of goals in the league in no small part thanks to top scorer Ivan Toney.
“Of course we were aware of Ivan’s ability but I don't want to speak about a player we didn't sign. He's a good player and has proved this so far this season, one of the topics is to control him. But in general, there are a lot of players we have to control.
“Brentford are flexible in their approach. They are a good possession-based side. In this league, it's never easy to deliver on all three days. We're not able to have too many meetings at the moment, so it's difficult to prepare. They have good players and a good coach and have been growing from year to year.
“Thomas is a very good coach and I have lots of respect for what Brentford have done. Their facilities and stadium are top and they've earned lots of money from players.”
Asked whether Norwich and Brentford have shown this season their ability to respond to last season’s setbacks, Farke explained why it doesn’t make sense to make comparisons.
“I can't really compare our situation to theirs, they won many of their games last season and we lost many of our games last season, so it's more likely we'd get used to losing.
“Brentford are concentrated with their build-up with vertical passes through the press. They have different threats in the offence. Mbeumo has his pace, Toney is great in the box, Canos likes to cut inside. Against this side, you have to be there with a good all-round performance. We have to be good in possession because they are not used to running without the ball.”