Brighton boss reveals huge admiration for City salvage job
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Brighton chief Graham Potter is warning the Seagulls not to take Norwich City lightly.
Potter lost both his tussles with the Championship title winners last season, while at Swansea, and is a huge admirer of Daniel Farke's work at Carrow Road.
The Canaries have failed to win any of their five Premier League games since beating Manchester City, but Potter is wary of a backlash at the Amex.
"Daniel has done a fantastic job because it needed changing around, there was a hangover after coming out of the Premier League," he said, speaking at his pre-match press call on Thursday afternoon. "It is not easy to get up. I know myself from Swansea how difficult it is to manage that transition when you drop out of the Premier League. Now the challenge is for them to carry that on in the Premier League.
"As a club I have a great respect for them and admiration how they have worked. They have been relegated from the Premier League, they re-assessed and worked out how they wanted to come back, re-adjusted everything and have done a great job; from Daniel as a coach to the support he has had above him with Stuart Webber and the board. A brilliant job. This time last year they probably weren't even a top Championship team."
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Potter insists clever recruitment has been key to City's rise, headlined by the capture of Teemu Pukki on a free transfer.
"He was sensational in the Championship and started off really well in the Premier League. He looks like if he gets chances he can score," said the Brighton head coach, who brought in his own sharpshooter in ex-Brentford striker Neal Maupay following his arrival on the south-coast. "He was prolific in the Championship, his movement in behind suits how Norwich want to play, in terms of how he stretches the play and then creates the space for others to fill. "They stuck with things when they were under a bit of pressure last season and they've recruited really well, intelligently and creatively.
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"There is also a priority to use young players as part of a real, clear identity of how they want to play.
"It's probably a shame for them they've had injuries in defensive positions, which have affected them, but in terms of the quality and how they want to play they are really impressive.
"I like them a lot."