'I don't accuse my players in public' - Farke on Chelsea criticism

PUBLISHED: 05:55 26 August 2019 | UPDATED: 09:11 26 August 2019

Moritz Leitner sums up the disappointment after Norwich City's 3-2 Premier League defeat to Chelsea Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Moritz Leitner sums up the disappointment after Norwich City's 3-2 Premier League defeat to Chelsea Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City's Premier League defeat to Chelsea confirmed to Daniel Farke the Canaries can buck the odds and stay up - although the head coach is keen to cut out the defensive errors.

City were punished heavily for lapses at crucial moments in the build up to all three Chelsea goals at Carrow Road, but Farke insisted it was another step forward for his newly-promoted club.

"We don't have to worry too much. We have had three unbelievably tough games and played, for me, two of the best sides in this division," said Farke. "We have the first win under our belt and we have been competitive. I trust my players and I knew it before this game but the manner we competed should give us even more confidence.

"It will always be difficult for us to get points against Chelsea, but we don't raise the white flag. If we try with this group, of young, technically good players, to only defend then we have no chance against a side like Chelsea.

"The first 15 minutes of the second half underlined the pressure would be too much so we have to be on the front foot. If we can dominate spells then we have a chance."

Grant Hanley came in for fresh post-match scrutiny after losing his bearings for a split second to allow Tammy Abraham a chance to rifle home the winner through his legs. Farke acknowledged the error but made it clear those type of discussions must remain in-house.

"Sadly that small situation was the defining moment," he said. "It is not harsh if people want to criticise. I don't accuse my players in public. We speak in a calmed down way. It is so difficult to defend top class players in every situation. Grant was able to deal with a lot of those.

"We were two against one, and it was a class pass and a good movement from Tammy but you can't show the back because you can't control the situation. The reaction of Grant and Ben (Godfrey) was good thereafter but it was the quality of the strike."

Farke is promising changes for Tuesday's Crawley League Cup tie, with Patrick Roberts likely to come back into the mix after being left out against the Blues.

"It was tough on Patrick but I am pleased with him," said Farke. "We had Timm Klose available again and I wanted him on the bench so an offensive player had to drop out.

"Chelsea was exhausting. We invested so much but to be successful in the cup we need to rest many players and bring fresh legs on the pitch."

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