Fearless City ready for Chelsea duel pledges Super Mario
PUBLISHED: 17:18 22 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:32 22 August 2019
Mario Vrancic insists there is no fear factor for Norwich City’s squad in facing Chelsea’s star-studded names.
The Canaries' midfielder respects Frank Lampard's Blues but is keen to upset the odds again on Saturday ahead of another special occasion at Carrow Road.
"We are not afraid of names, definitely not. That is why we played so well last season because we feel we belong in this league, and we aim to stay here as long as possible," said Vrancic. "A tough, tough game for us. They haven't started so well and I don't know if they might be under some pressure. We are going to focus on ourselves and try to play our football and go our way.
"Frank Lampard was the last manager to win here with Derby County so we hope he won't repeat this. We are looking forward to this game. You shouldn't fear any opponent, any team.
"We are playing in our living room and we need to try and get as many points as we can here.
"We can be happy with the start. We knew Liverpool was a tough place and the result was not what we wanted but in the second game you could feel something special was going to happen.
"It was a great day and we wanted to make the supporters happy and give something back. It is a long journey and we need to keep going."
Vrancic was at Carrow Road on Thursday to help launch an extended partnership with Green Farm, which sees the coffee company's new branding right across the South Stand as well as a new first XI product range and a subscription service.
The Bosnian international has had to bide his time so far after an injury-disrupted pre-season, following an influential role in sealing the Championship title.
"It is always a little setback when you start pre-season with an injury," he said. "That is part of our job. I am trying to contribute even if I get just a few minutes. It is a dream of any young lad to play in the Premier League. That is what we have achieved with a brilliant season and I am really excited for the journey.
"This is my third season now with Green Farm. When I first started as a player I never thought I would end up with a coffee named after me. It is a nice thing and I am proud. I love these guys, they are very kind and it is pretty cool to have these sponsors."
Green Farm have sponsored Vrancic since he arrived at the club and sales manager, Mike Gascoyne, believes a personalised player coffee range could be a first.
"Mario loves his brand," said the long standing season ticket holder. "We have put our branding right across the South Stand, which we sponsor, but also brought out a first XI coffee and our coffee subscription service. I don't know of anyone else bringing out a first XI coffee or a subscription service around a football club.
"It is difficult when you have a lot of German players and none is grown there. Easier for Onel Hernandez, with a Cuban coffee, but we have tried to match the player's personality and how they play to the coffee blend, as much as we can.
"It has been a really good ride for us. We came in at a time when no-one knew how this would work out and maybe in Daniel's first season it was a case of wait and see but it has been a joy to watch.
"For us a local company and having so many Norwich City fans working in the business it has been great to be involved with the club and see things from a different perspective."