Batten down the hatches. Norwich City boss is ready for a Leeds onslaught at Elland Road
PUBLISHED: 06:15 16 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 17 December 2017
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Daniel Farke would happily settle for a repeat of Norwich City’s last visit to Yorkshire.
The Canaries dug out a gritty Championship win at Sheffield United earlier this season in front of an intimidating home crowd - and Farke predicts more of the same lies in store at Elland Road.
“They’re a massive club with a massive history and high expectations,” he said.
“Leeds is always a tough place to go. We’ve been to tough places this season and we’ve been successful, so we’re going to Leeds to get another good result.
“When you go away to Leeds a point would be good, but we’ve proved that we can go and win at tough places, so we’ll be looking to do that.
“We can go to Leeds and be respectful of a strong squad but we’ll have a big will to win some points. We won at Sheffield United, at Middlesbrough, at Reading and Ipswich.
“At Cardiff we were close to winning against a team second in the table.
“We need to find a good balance between defending very compact and creating chances.”
Farke insists City aim to do more than simply frustrate the Whites.
“We’re not looking to park the coach and pray a bit we get a goalless draw or get a lucky goal,” he said.
“We know we can play good football. They have a lot of individual quality, especially in their offence.
“I think we’ve improved in that area ourselves in the last couple of weeks, against Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday.
“They had a brilliant start to the season, then a really tough run. PrevA bit like us.
“They lost seven in eight games but have stabilised a bit. In the last weeks they’ve done much better. It’s a sign of how close the Championship is.
“Right now they are in a good position, just outside the play-off positions, and they will be desperate to have a home win and they will be confident after their last away victory.”
Farke has plenty of options at his disposal.
“It’s a nice problem to have now,” he said. “That is maybe a problem for me, in terms of man-management, but I don’t mind.
“ look at our midfield and I think Mario Vrancic is much improved. He was the best player on the pitch at Cardiff and good in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday.
“Harrison Reed has been really good in the last few weeks and now we have Tom Trybull and Alex Tettey also back in the squad.”
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