Farke feels the weight of expectation from 9,000-strong invasion force

Daniel Farke is relishing a big FA Cup occasion at Tottenham 
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Daniel Farke is relishing a big FA Cup occasion at Tottenham Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke will send his Norwich City boys out at Tottenham with a plea to make Wembley dreams come true in the FA Cup.

A 9,000 strong travelling contingent heads to London in the hope Farke can guide City to the quarter-finals for the first time since 1992.

"You have to give your all to make those fans proud. My players have a good sense of this responsibility," he said. "We are in a blessed position to work for this amazing club. We play to create memories, we play for our supporters.

"Sometimes we look at this game from a business or a financial perspective. I think it's quite important to keep in mind why we all started to play football.

"In the cup games you sense this even more because it is do or die. That is why I like this competition.

"It says a lot about our club, it says a lot about our supporters and the unity of a team that is bottom of the table is outstanding.

"It tells me the supporters have a good sense of what we are trying to do and appreciate what the staff have tried to do in recent months.

"We want to be as successful as possible.

"The cup is the shortest route to create something exceptional. We want to create something special for these fans."

Farke insists a cup shock is not beyond his team.

"In the cup everything is possible. Aston Villa were pretty close to winning the League Cup the other day," he said. "That means at this level every team left in the competition can win it.

"For a Manchester City or a Tottenham or perhaps even a Leicester it is more realistic. But the other clubs can cause a surprise.

"You could always be concerned whether there is a danger the focus goes away from the league, but I look at things the other way around. I'm a big believer in cup competitions.

"I think you can take lots of confidence out of a game like this.

"Of course the league is important but the FA Cup is the most prestigious competition in the world. We have the chance to write a little bit of history, the first time in the quarter-finals in nearly 30 years."

There are no replays at the fifth round stage of this season's competition. Extra-time and penalties will follow if the teams are level at 90 minutes. The draw for the quarter-finals will take place after Wednesday's televised tie between Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City.

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