Farke reveals his Championship concerns
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Daniel Farke admits his top priority now is to avoid a Championship hangover at relegated Norwich City.
The Canaries’ 1-0 midweek Premier League defeat against Chelsea earned Farke and his players the unwanted distinction of setting a new club record of eight consecutive league defeats.
City have failed to pick up even a point since the restart, and Farke is well aware of the dangers lying in wait.
Norwich wrap up their season at Carrow Road on Saturday against Burnley, before a daunting final weekend trip to free-scoring dethroned champions Manchester City.
“We need to turn the mentality sooner rather than later,” he said. “At the minute the players are used to setbacks. That is why we want good performances in these last two games. You see it with many teams after relegation who are struggling.
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“You are the underdog and then you suddenly have to handle the favourite role. Everyone wants to win against a relegated side, and one expected to finish in the top positions.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world, but the Championship is the toughest.
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“It might be we have a short pre-season break and only two weeks together because there is an early international break in September. That makes it more complicated to work on the unity.”
Farke is now urging City’s young players to learn from a sobering follow up to last season’s much-heralded title win.
“It is difficult. It is more or less the first setback in the careers of the young lads since they were wearing the yellow shirt.
“They only knew one way. That was up,” he said. “For the first time in your life you are criticised and you have to learn how to handle that.
“When a team is relegated maybe a player thinks more about their individual performance, maybe looking to shine with a goal or an assist or a special trick but I thought we looked united as a group at Chelsea.
“It is not a statistic anyone wants (eight straight league defeats).
“You want to die if you lose a game. The day after a loss is horrendous, so we are not coming with a smile on our face. But you have to stay level.”