Farke ready to try and emulate Wagner ahead of Premier League bow

Daniel Farke comes up against a familar face in Norwich City's final pre-season tour game in Germany Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke comes up against a familar face in Norwich City's final pre-season tour game in Germany Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Norwich City wrap up their German tour against Schalke 04 on Friday night but Daniel Farke is not planning to get the inside track on Premier League life from rival David Wagner (KO 5:30pm UK).

Farke emulated his predecessor at Borussia Dortmund II in sealing promotion from the Championship, following Wagner's previous success at Huddersfield.

The City chief will meet compatriot Jurgen Klopp on the opening night at Anfield next month, but Farke has not sought out advice from his fellow German coaches over the summer.

"No, I haven't spoken to them, especially to Jurgen, because we were both busy last season and then it is important to think about something else but football," he said. "Yes, I reflect and I speak to people to get their feedback.

"It is actually difficult to find people who have coached on the highest level of football. There are a few you trust and you speak to but I feel really prepared.

"I haven't spoken to David in recent weeks but when I was at Dortmund we had a good few chats. Such a nice guy, so successful in his first few years at Huddersfield but you can't compare our way. Yes, there are some connections, but in football so many things have to come together to be successful so you tend to focus on the details that work for your club. That might not be the same for an outsider."

Wagner was unveiled as Schalke 04's new boss earlier this month after a six month absence from the game since leaving the Terriers. The German club reached the knock out stages of the Champions League last season before being hammered by Manchester City, and Farke wants the step up in class as he prepares his squad for a daunting Premier League tilt.

"The challenge is coming closer and the first day is a massive test to face the Champions League winners.

"The whole world will watch this game and we have to deliver," he said. "We are already thinking a bit about what we can do in tactical terms to be successful. We will have these games against top class opponents a lot. We know we have to step up our level of performance.

"There is no fear, just respect.

"We know the Premier League is the best league in the world, without any doubt, but we were also capable to handle the toughest league in the world, without doubt, the Championship, and we could win the title on that level.

"It was no coincidence, it was well deserved. We know the level of performance of our opponents will be better but so will ours we hope."

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