Back to basics will be Farke’s mantra as Norwich City try to rediscover confidence in the Premier League
Norwich City must get back to basics or they will struggle to end a losing Premier League run.
The Canaries' seven-game winless spell has sapped confidence and for head coach Daniel Farke inhibited the style and swagger that swept City to the Championship title.
"If the game was just about winning the battles we would lose each and every match, because a lot of the established sides have more experience and perhaps more physicality, maybe a bit more individual quality because they have spent more than us," he said.
"It is a fine balance to step up in terms of physicality but also make sure we show bravery on the ball and stick to our plan. It's quite natural and quite normal for young players to struggle a bit with confidence. A result would help but if you return to the behaviour you are good at then the likelihood of a result increases.
"When the confidence is not at the highest it is difficult to play our brand of fluid football."
Heavy home defeats to Aston Villa and Manchester United prior to the international break exposed vulnerability.
"After Manchester United we spoke with the players about the naivety in how we lost the ball and how it cost us goals and the need to show more maturity," said Farke.
"What happens then is if you highlight that aspect in the weeks afterwards you get the feeling the players perhaps concentrate so much on each and every pass, even the easy passes, and that desire not to lose the ball, to keep the ball, means we are not as fluid as we were before.
"Because we conceded too many goals even the offensive players are trying to play their part and make us more solid without the ball, in terms of defending, in terms of getting back behind the ball. It is quite important we don't lose the smile on our face when we are playing football."
City's 3-1 defeat to the Reds was notable for two VAR-awarded penalties. Tim Krul saved both but the video assistant referee system continues to divide opinion.
"We won't have a game where 100pc of the decisions are right. I make mistakes, so do players and officials and we accept that," said Farke. "My feeling is the bar to over-rule the referee needs to be higher to protect the referee.
"The first penalty, everyone said after this is embarrassing and if you had to over-rule you would say it is harsh."