Daniel Farke urges Norwich City to match Millwall’s fire at the Den
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Norwich City head coach Daniel Farke has had a crash course in what lies in store at Millwall’s Den fortress.
Farke revealed on Friday he is fully briefed on the unique challenge of facing the Championship new boys.
“Some of the guys have told me I will probably learn some new English words, maybe sometimes about me and my family. I am prepared for this. I like this atmosphere. It is always good to play with emotion,” he said. “I have had a lot of information. For a footballer it is nice to play against a whole stadium. In Germany we have derbies like Dortmund against Schalke, a bit like Norwich and Ipswich, and before the game you are not allowed to even use the name of the other club. You just speak about them in terms of a post code.
“When you win, everything is fine, when you lose, it is the most important one of the season. I know this is not a derby but the atmosphere might be a bit like this. We just have to concentrate on us and our game and not let us be provoked by anything else.”
Farke warns the Lions will be desperate for their first Championship win since ex-City striker Steve Morison fired them to promotion in the League One play-offs last May.
“It is always the same when you play against a team who have been promoted and fight to stay in the league. There is a big togetherness and a big will to get some points,” he said. “They will be fighting, it will be physical and emotional. It will be important to be awake to fight for the second balls because they often use them. They also try to be there with a lot of counter actions so we will have to control that. It will be a game with high intensity.
“The same topics for us. We need to control the game to bring this aggressiveness down. We have to be awake from the first second. Whatever happens, Millwall will fight together. They had some close draws, a crazy game against Ipswich which could have gone either way, so I expect a close game but we want to improve our situation, especially before the international break.
“We know about him (Morison) He is able to act as a target, heading balls and giving them something to play off. You can pressure them but will never deny all the long balls. We have to win personal duels.”