'One team is fighting with a knife between their teeth' - Cup combat awaits for Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 06:05 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 08:44 25 September 2018
Daniel Farke is weighing up whether to unleash Norwich City’s own ‘Didier Drogba’ on Wycombe.
The Canaries’ head coach is pledging changes for City’s League Cup third round away tie on Tuesday, and that could mean a leading role for Dennis Srbeny, who inspired the 3-1 cup win at Cardiff City in the previous round.
Teemu Pukki is set for a well-deserved rest after a prolific spell for club and country.
“He has played nearly each and every minute, plus the internationals and we have other options,” said Farke. “I am totally pleased with our strikers. Jordan Rhodes has always delivered and with Dennis remember the last time he played at Cardiff, in the dressing room afterwards I labelled him the white Drogba. Since then he played just 10 minutes at Ipswich after an outstanding performance.
“When you are there with lots of competition in the squad then you don’t get too many chances.
“I know that is tricky, especially for offensive players, when they are not playing each and every week to come into their rhythm and deliver.
“That is professional football on this level. You don’t get too many chances, certainly not five or six games in a row to grab your chance. When you are needed you must deliver.
“Dennis was always there when I needed him. Not just Cardiff but remember at Birmingham in the first league game he delivered assists, and I am pleased to have this competition.
“That is a big strength of our squad, but I don’t want to put the pressure too high on the lads who come in.”
Farke knows the visitors will be favourites to progress against the Chairboys as they strive to secure a place in the fourth round.
“The expectation is different compared to playing a Cardiff or Chelsea and Arsenal last season,” said the Canaries’ head coach. “It changes the mood totally and the pressure is a bit more on the favourite and that is why you get upsets in the cup.
“One team is fighting with a knife between their teeth so we have to be focused.
“You go to a Premier League ground and the home team put the ball out of play and the fans will moan. If Wycombe do that or make a strong tackle they will be supported by the whole stadium.
“For them it will be like the game of the year so far.
“They know if they are able to beat us and reach the fourth round they have a big chance to get Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and that could mean earning lots of money. It could be a game changer.
“They will be highly motivated with their strongest available team and lots of support from the fans.”