Hail City’s role model, Emi Buendia
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Emi Buendia is the poster boy for Norwich City’s never-say-die assault on Championship promotion.
Buendia’s wayward pass in the first half at Millwall was punished by the Lions, to cancel out Marco Stiepermann’s opener, but the Argentine maestro later produced two match-winning assists in the 3-1 away win.
Daniel Farke revealed a half-time chat with the 22-year-old sparked a stirring response, as Buendia took his tally this season to nine league assists.
“I was happy how he reacted. Maybe Emi was a bit of role model for this victory,” said Farke.
“I think he started well and was involved a lot but with one or two passes he could be more concentrated. For example in the build up to the corner we conceded, from which they scored, there was an unnecessary loss of the ball and we spoke about this at half-time.
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“But it is also a sign of his quality that you are able to bring your game onto a different level after that. Two assists, a corner and then a brilliant pass to Teemu Pukki.
“Yes, we are a team who like to make many passes but it is also important that you are there with set pieces because some games you can win from this route.
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“Timm Klose has four goals as a centre back and I was pretty pleased for Christoph Zimmermann that he was able to add a goal after what was a tough week for him for personal reasons.”
City’s greater threat from set pieces second time round under Farke is a by-product of his forensic analysis of a debut campaign in England.
“We studied last season and in many topics we were near the top of the league. Possession, passing, also creating chances but we were not able to be clinical,” he said. “This is a strength we have added.
“Of course Teemu is our spotlight striker but when we need Jordan Rhodes he is there and we have wingers and midfield players who are able to add goals, and now centre backs.
“The most successful teams are the ones who can score in possession, with counters and also from set pieces.
“What is pleasing me now is we are able to create chances against teams who are well-structured, when it is normally difficult, like Millwall or Bristol City, who had conceded twice in eight games and we scored three times in that match and could have had more.”