Norwich City v Burton match preview: Daniel Farke refuses to get carried away
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One swallow does not make a summer could be a fitting mantra for Daniel Farke ahead of the second part of Norwich City’s Carrow Road double header against Burton.
Timm Klose was the poster boy for a far more disciplined shift against Birmingham City, before outlining his desire to harness the consistency that eluded him last season - and that applies to the rest of Farke’s squad.
“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him because then you are punished,” said the German head coach. “I remember Christoph Zimmermann was praised as a new captain and a colossus after QPR, when he spent a long time speaking with the fans after the game, and then next game against Aston Villa was perhaps his worst performance and a big setback. Timm deserved all the compliments but he must bring it on the pitch each and every game. I am convinced he is able to play a really good season and be important.
“Timm is a very experienced guy who is full of potential. He is able to be a leader for us with his personality and his skills and ability. I want the experienced guys to have a good body language and to be important not just on the pitch but in the dressing room. I expect that from all the experienced guys.”
Farke may opt to take Alex Tettey out of the firing line after his all-action outing against Birmingham but Wes Hoolahan is another member of Farke’s core leadership group who could feature.
“It’s a difficult balance to make. There’s no reason to have changes after that performance, and it’s important to find a rhythm for the lads. We won’t have many,” he said. “But there’s just two days between the games, and for example a little bit older guy like Alex it was his first league match and we have to be a little bit careful with him because he has had problems with his knees.
“All the guys in the midfield – Tettey, Tom Trybull, James Maddison and Mario Vrancic – ran a lot and you have to be a little bit careful. So there could be a few changes because of the workload, but also because Burton will be a different opponent in comparison to Birmingham. It is up to man-management on my part but I can say it is quite easy because these guys have such a good character.
“Wes had problems with his groin while he was away (on international duty) but he played for Ireland on for around 65 minutes. I thought about playing him in the starting line-up (against Birmingham), but he’d been away, and with the travelling involved I decided to have him on the bench. Right now he’s back and fully recovered. Sometimes he can play two games in four days but I thought it better for him to stay on the bench.”