Daniel Farke spoke to the assembled media at Colney on Friday lunchtime ahead of yet another crucially important game in the Canaries’ season at Rotherham on Saturday.
— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) March 15, 2019
He started off by chatting about his new contract and explained that the conversations around this were quite relaxed, adding that he was always going to sign a contract extension, it was just a matter of finding the right time to do it.
With the next international break about to happen and Leeds and Sheffield United facing each other at Elland Road on Saturday lunchtime, there’s a big chance to get another win against Rotherham, who have been struggling. However, the Millers are fighting a relegation battle and will be buoyed by a very good 2-1 win away at QPR on Wednesday night.
Norwich supporting Paul Warne is overseeing the Millers’ attempts to stay up and his side and tactics were decent enough when City eventually beat them 3-1 at Carrow Road earlier in the season, so I’m not expecting a walkover.
The good news for Norwich is that there are no new injuries, meaning that in Farke’s words “we are in brilliant shape.”
There has been a shorter time than usual for recovery but with Rotherham also playing on Wednesday night, apart from them being at home, it’s the same turnaround for both teams.
There was also a little bit about the infamous horse picture that followed Farke via social media from his time in Germany to Norfolk and which has helped with the lyrics to a new song.
Farke is on a horse
Oh what a great team, to support
We’ve got leitner buendia and Rhodes
Teemu Pukki can’t stop scoring goals
The greatest in east Anglia
We’re going up pic.twitter.com/gdSe5OUJ1A
— Lee Newton (@LeeNewton89) February 13, 2019
“I’m actually quite scared of horses and would never go on a horse” Farke said.
“But our chairman when I worked for a small club in Germany had this idea to bring me on a horse and have a lap of honour. It was in front of a big audience and the stadium was nearly full.
When he asked me to sit on the horse I couldn’t deny it so I was able to beat being scared and able to sit for one lap on the horse. It was good fun to be honest but I’m not sure if I would win a race at Cheltenham.”
Talking about the shape and personnel that he uses, Farke explained that it’s something that is constantly on his mind.
“I’m always tempted to rotate a bit, but not because of the workload but because of the strength of the players” he added.
“We have such good depth and workload in our group.
I’m always tempted to have Alex Tettey because he is different in how he plays to Tom Trybull. And it’s the same in the midfield with Moritz Leitner and Mario Vrancic as they are different to Kenny McLean and Todd Cantwell on the wing is a different style to Emi Buendia and Onel Hernandez. I am always thinking about this.
In terms of the load I am not concerned because they are use to playing and we have really good fitness levels.”
There was also a word or two in support of Tim Krul, who Farke clearly rates very highly.
He said “Tim Krul is outstanding for us in many topics. We have a young side and it’s so good to have an experienced guy in the dressing room and it’s important to give them self confidence and trust.
Tim fits to our style and he was a really good signing. In the recent weeks he has been there with some brilliant saves and really important for us.
When we think about the first goal it was a bad first touch from Tim but if we just have to think about that bad touch then we are in a good position.
I am totally happy that we have Tim.“