Daniel Farke expects big things from Norwich City at resurgent Sheffield United
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Bullish Norwich City chief Daniel Farke is backing the Canaries to halt a resurgent Sheffield United at their Bramall Lane fortress.
City have been hammered on their last two away outings, but a Championship trip to the newly-promoted Blades on Saturday holds no fears for the confident German.
“We are not driving to Sheffield to lose by a few goals. We are there for points and I am totally convinced we can do this,” he said. “I am not too concerned that Sheffield have had these good results. They might be a little bit too confident.
“It will be a hard test because Sheffield United have had a good start and are in good shape and have won their last four league games. We’re looking forward to it. Sheffield United play with a high intensity, a big aggressiveness and a big togetherness and try to press. We have prepared our players in tactical terms and speaking about what to do but we must be awake and aggressive too.
“We know we are good in possession and at technical things but we have to win the one against one duels and be aggressive on the second balls. That is the style of Sheffield and it will be about our attitude. We speak a lot about this topic. It always up to the players to prove they can do this and I trust them.”
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Farke wants City to continue their upward trajectory on the road after four points and two clean sheets from home tussles against Birmingham City and Burton.
“I don’t go too deep with the table right now. We have a realistic view of the situation,” he said. “It is not so important to be right now focused on the position but before Birmingham we felt it was a really difficult start for us, with a curve of win, loss, win, loss, loss. Now we are starting to be more consistent and of course we are looking for win after win. Obviously Burton was not brilliant because we didn’t win.
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“We were a little sad after the Burton game because it was a chance for a big step. We would have had six points out of two games, but it is a big improvement from a really tough situation after the Millwall game. It’s a big opportunity to climb up the table. It could be three games in a row unbeaten and that would be an important step. We are not in the relegation position now and it is a chance to move further up into a higher position.
“I just got the feeling it is not the problem of the home or away game. There is a pitch and two goals. Of course it is nicer to play in front of your own fans but it is 11 versus 11.”