Front foot Farke over City ‘losers’ tag
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Shedding the losing mentality around Norwich City misses the point for Daniel Farke.
The Canaries’ meekly exited the Premier League on the back of a club record run of consecutive league defeats.
A shadow squad were unable to halt that competitive downturn at Luton Town in the League Cup, after a positive pre-season, but Farke insists Saturday’s opening Championship test at Huddersfield is a fresh chapter.
“We can’t influence what happened in the past. We can influence what happens in the future,” he said. “This is already a new group with many new faces and several lads leaving us.
“You can talk about last season, but it also doesn’t matter what happened two years ago when we finished with 16 unbeaten games and won the title. That is not important.
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“It is a clean sheet of paper. The rest is statistics.
“It was important to get some fresh blood and some new energy; especially after relegation you want to bring in players who are excited and highly motivated. We had to say goodbye to some lads who have brilliant for us in the past and that is not easy.
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“But we all have the feeling we have made some good decisions in the transfer market. Now it is up to those lads to prove it in a competitive environment. We are trying to collect points right from the start and I am sure when we get to October we can build even more momentum.”
Farke wants that change of mindset to extend beyond the dressing room, despite fans again having to watch from afar due to the coronavirus impact.
“Our message is we rise again,” he said. “I felt for them last season.
“I can understand why they were annoyed as well, with me or the players, when we were losing games. But we also feel the backing and the unity. They know how difficult it is for us a club but in difficult times we have stuck together.
“This is now a new adventure. We can’t expect to copy the last Championship and blow opponents away. We have to fight together.”
Huddersfield have embarked on a new direction under Spanish coach Carlos Corberan who opted to leaving Marcelo Bielsa’s Premier League bound Leeds to strike out on his own.
“I know him from his time at Leeds. Marcelo was not that great with his English when we were fighting in the same league two years ago so I had some conversations with him,” said Farke. “He was confident then and had a lot of knowledge and now I have watched their friendlies it is impressive how much of his hand-writing is already on his team.
“You can see a bit of the Leeds philosophy, the intensity they bring to the game. They are quite similar in their processes in many topics.
“It is a sign of the quality of the coach if you can see his hand-writing. Of course it is too early to judge if the project is a success but he has brought his philosophy into the hearts and heads of his players.
“They will be motivated and enthusiastic and we have to show them respect.”