Farke hails peerless City squad

Daniel Farke is leading a special group of players powering Norwich City's Championship tilt charge  
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke is leading a special group of players powering Norwich City's Championship tilt charge Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is proud to be leading Norwich City's band of brothers as they close in on the Premier League.

The Canaries resume their Championship promotion quest this weekend at home to QPR, and Farke knows he is in charge of a special group of players.

“This spirit is extraordinary. I worked a few years as a player myself and then 10 years as a coach but this dressing room is extraordinary. This mood is extraordinary,” said the City head coach.

“It is important we go further on for the next five weeks with this attitude. If we do, whoever plays or comes in will deliver with performances.

“I couldn’t name a point when this first happened. You go back to the Rotherham away win, when I looked around the dressing room and saw so many experienced players sitting there on the bench and to see Timm (Klose), Grant (Hanley) and all the others supporting the younger lads.

“You are delighted as a coach and you can get carried away with this moment but even if we have setback or a loss or a poor performance you feel this as well.

“Maybe at that point those players on the bench might feel they should come and speak to me about playing but, no, we stick together.

“That is one of our secrets why we have responded after any defeat with a win this season. That is something special.”

Farke has kept faith with the same starting line-up for the last seven consecutive league wins. But the City chief is more than willing to shake things up on the run-in, to keep his Championship rivals guessing.

“Sometimes you must do the unpredictable, or you can also do the predictable.

“It is about finding the right choice,” he said. “Because of the quality of my players and the depth of my squad I am so tempted to bring in players who were so crucial earlier this season and delivered with unbelievable performances.

“They are fit now, people like Grant or Timm at centre back, Alex Tettey, who was so crucial for so long this season, Moritz Leitner, labelled the best midfielder in the league, Mario Vrancic, the best player in January and Jordan Rhodes.

“But there are not so many reasons to change it.

“When Alex was injured Tom Trybull and Kenny McLean have delivered outstanding performances.

“The same with Ben Godfrey at centre back.”

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