Bullish Farke has a message for the doubters
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Daniel Farke has revealed just what is getting him through Norwich City’s injury misery.
The City head coach is now front of house on a weekly basis trying to put a brave face on waves of gloomy fitness news limiting the Canaries' shot at Premier League progress.
But Farke is managing to keep his frustration in check as he tries to plot Aston Villa's demise back on home soil.
"It's really a joy to be allowed to go into this dressing room each and every day and just talk with these players, who have so many setbacks, so many odds against them and so many people writing them off because of the injuries," he said.
"You feel such a commitment and such a desire and a good spirit and also self confidence in this group.
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"You can't allow yourself to be too down or disappointed. It's more like you want to be there to help them and create a plan to find solutions to gain some points. It's more like the inspiration I need is from this group.
"You shouldn't underestimate the spirit and the resilience of my players and you shouldn't underestimate the spirit and togetherness at Carrow Road. With this spirit and desire you can achieve extraordinary things in sport."
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Farke has also moved beyond appealing to the fans to back his side to overcome fresh adversity.
"We know we can trust our supporters," he said. "I think they have a really good feeling that in these moments when it's such a difficult situation we need all the support. They come to the stadium in a good mood and trying to cheer us up, trying to back us and support us.
"They will also accept mistakes or difficult periods during the game because they know the situation we are in.
"But one thing is for sure if we stick together and we create the same spirit and togetherness as we did against Manchester City then we can achieve even in this game a big surprise.
"We know in our circumstances right now and because of the injury situation we are not the favourite. But one thing is for sure we will be greedy and resilient."
Dean Smith warned the Canaries in recent days they will face a different animal to last season in the Championship, after a lavish summer outlay. Farke concurs.
"He is spot on if I'm honest. We played them two times, we won two times. And it's probably fair to say that we deserved to win because we were better side," said Farke. "But Dean is right.
"They have spent an unbelievable amount of money. I'm not sure if it was the highest amount of money but for sure one of the highest. They brought in some quality players and you can't compare Villa with the other two promoted teams.
"The potential of this club is huge. They can still be a giant one day not only in England but also in Europe.
"What happened last season has nothing to do with what happens in this game, but he hasn't faced this Norwich side because of the injuries and missing players, people like Mario Vrancic, who scored against them, or Tim Krul or Christoph Zimmermann."
Farke cites John McGinn and Jack Grealish as the main dangermen.
"It's important to control the centre of the game, it's important to control their midfielders and it will be a key topic," he said. "They were pretty much a possession based side in the Championship level.
"Right now, it's not easy for them in this level to do the same and to involve several new faces."