Farke brushes off ‘arrogant’ City tag

Burnley's physical approach caught out Norwich City early on in a 2-0 Premier League defeat Picture:

Burnley's physical approach caught out Norwich City early on in a 2-0 Premier League defeat Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke dismissed any accusation the Canaries paid for arrogance against Burnley.

Some sections of the national media claimed City were dealt a swift reality check in a weekend 2-0 Turf Moor defeat, after the euphoria of beating champions Manchester City.

Farke insisted that was well wide of the mark.

"We are modest enough and down to earth enough to know what happened against Manchester City had nothing to do with Burnley," he said. "We didn't pay attention to all the praise.

"Listen, we are not that arrogant that we think we can just go to Burnley and pick up an easy win. We faced a side who have maybe 150 Premier League games in a row and we have five. So there is no reason for us to be over-confident.

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"We will be underdogs wherever we go and we have to be at our best.

"We knew what was coming so of course I am annoyed to concede out of the moments we did. We were a bit too scared to play our style and bring the game into the Burnley half.

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"Instead we almost invited them to press us and we were reacting.

"At this level as a newly promoted side if you don't start well and play your own game it is very difficult. Even if you play with 11 17-year-olds you have to be more proactive and more on the front foot.

"We can't punish them because they were impressed by Burnley in the first 15 minutes. We have to speak to them. Let's play our game."

Farke takes his side to Crystal Palace this coming weekend and feels there were still positives from the manner his side responded against the Clarets.

"I was pleased with the reaction.

"My feeling is we should have played the whole game as we did from about the 15th minute, when we dominated possession and pushed them back towards their own box," he said. "We had a decent amount of chances, we had Teemu Pukki's early one, a shot against the post and two great chances with headers.

"We would only like to learn from wins but we are not naive at this level. So there were some positive things.

"To react like a young team after 15 minutes and not to concede more goals and create chances against an experienced side is good. But we will speak about the start."

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