Farke unveils his route to Premier League survival
PUBLISHED: 10:22 31 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:22 31 December 2019
Daniel Farke has revealed his Premier League survival plan for Norwich City.
The Canaries begin 2020 bottom of the pile, after picking up 13 points from 20 top-flight games, but Farke is plotting a route to safety.
City host Crystal Palace on Wednesday at Carrow Road in the latest match of a defining spell, if they aim to set up a grandstand finish to defy the odds.
"I don't want to put too much pressure on just one or two games," he said. "It's more like when you analyse the whole season you would say in the first 12 games we delivered with some really, really good performances and some great wins.
"In terms of winning points it was a bit disappointing because we managed just seven.
"We all know some of the reasons for that, with injuries and decisions in games that went against us, and some bad luck.
"We can't change that.
"Now this next block of 20 games is a big chunk where the main part of the table is built. In this period we have to win as many points as possible. That takes us to the final six games, which is the crunch period with all the nerves and the mental side becomes so important.
"The period where everything is decided. We probably need 10 wins and as close to 40 points as we can get, so we know it is a long road."
City started Farke's own defining phase with a bang, beating Everton 2-0 at Goodison Park in late November, but need to pick up the pace after defeats to relegation rivals Southampton, Watford and Aston Villa.
"This package, from game day 13 to 32, is so important and where you put yourself into a decent position," said Farke. "Our average so far is not too bad. If we can average just over a point a game during this period then, looking at previous seasons, we give ourselves a good chance.
"Maybe we need a bit more, because our start wasn't that good, but if we could win 24 or 25 points from this large package of games then we would be in a good position for the crucial phase.
"The quicker we can get 25 points the easier we make the period where the mind games begin.
"That is why we go game to game. Don't be too down or too high with each result.
"We know our situation and what we are trying to achieve. We are the only self-funded club on this level, and compared to the other teams we were not able to spend any money."