Daniel Farke admits Harry Redknapp’s much-changed Birmingham City are an unpredictable opponent for Norwich City
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Predicting the team Harry Redknapp will field tomorrow is proving something of a challenge for Norwich City boss Daniel Farke.
The Blues brought in nine new players in the last 10 days of the transfer window after a sluggish start to the season, including Brentford star Jota.
“It’s always not so easy to prepare for an opponent but to be fair right now it is probably one of the most difficult I have ever had because Harry Redknapp is a really experienced coach and said three weeks ago that he wanted to have 24 new players, and now he has!” joked Farke.
“Since the 21st of August they have signed many new players and, to be fair, I wasn’t at his training the last two weeks, I don’t know how he played with the new lads, so if he plays a new style it’s really a game which is a little bit unpredictable.
“What I can say, because I know that Harry Redknapp is such a solid and experienced guy, you know always he concentrates on a good defence and it is not so easy to create chances against a team which is coached by him. They have conceded just six goals so far, for a team with not such a good start, it is just six goals.
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“I think we need patience, it will be hard to create chances and especially for this we need to be good on defence and we have to control all of their attacks and to hopefully to concede fewer goals.”
One man hoping to feature for City is defensive midfielder Alex Tettey, who admitted in a Norwegian media interview he had been frustrated at limited game-time but was told he was not allowed to leave.
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“Alex is a brilliant character and a really good guy, and I praised him especially after the (Charlton) cup game because he always expects the worst for us and is always prepared,” Farke said.
“He is always there with the good body language and with power in the defence and concentrating on the defence and that is something we need in our squad. We need to find a good balance in our games, to think about the offence but also the defence, and I think Alex is pretty important. He is also 31 and has had problems with his knees and is not able to play every three or four days, this is how it has been in the past and it will not be better in the future.”