Pritchard dismisses talk that Canaries players are unhappy with Farke’s fitness regime
PUBLISHED: 20:41 21 December 2017 | UPDATED: 23:07 21 December 2017
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Rumours of Norwich City players rebelling against the training regimes of head coach Daniel Farke have been dismissed by star playmaker Alex Pritchard.
The Independent reported that a ‘player revolt’ was brewing at Colney due to the demands being put on the squad – but Pritchard gave the claims short shrift ahead of tonight’s clash with Brentford.
“Last year we weren’t fit enough and I think we needed to do more and we are doing it this year,” the 24-year-old said.
“We’re scoring more goals at the end of games, last year we conceded a lot of goals at the end of games, so we’ve just got to keep going and keep working hard and everything will be okay.
“If you don’t do enough then you are playing against top players who are going to be fitter than you. So it’s hard to get that balance but at the end of the day, you’ve got to be fit to play football. So I don’t know where the story has come from but I would say it’s not true.”
Farke revealed that City have had just one double training session this week in the lead up to their clash with the Bees, which Pritchard admits begins a run of favourable festive fixtures.
Brentford are just a point better off in mid-table but trips to struggling Birmingham and Burton follow, before hosting fellow bottom-half side Millwall.
“This week we’ve been sharp in training,” the former Tottenham man continued. “
We’ve been on at each other, we know we’ve got to step up, especially this Christmas period is crucial, everyone knows it’s crucial, starting tomorrow against Brentford.
“It’s really hard to beat any team in this league, but if you look at the run we’ve got, we’ve got to pick up points.
“If we don’t the leading pack will just keep grinding points away, so we have to do it step by step, we have to do it against Brentford, we have to win. You draw and it’s not good but I think at the end of the day, the run we’re on, we have to win games, simple.”
Pritchard scored 12 goals in 45 Championship games while on loan at Brentford during 2014-15, so will he celebrate if he scores against the Bees? “No – I did last year (when City won 5-0), totally forgot I was playing against Brentford and I celebrated!” he added. “But I don’t think I will because I like Brentford, it’s been a great club for me.”