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Dream big City fans but Farke is focused on delivering

PUBLISHED: 23:00 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 23:00 25 February 2019

Daniel Farke savoured the celebrations at the final whistle against Bristol City 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke savoured the celebrations at the final whistle against Bristol City Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Paul Chesterton

Daniel Farke is stopping short of banning his Norwich City players mentioning the P-word but wants fans to keep dreaming of the Premier League.

The table-topping Canaries could be knocked off top spot if Leeds beat QPR on Tuesday night, in their game in hand, but Farke knows promotion is within his squad’s grasp.

“It is quite normal the supporters and the whole city is dreaming and maybe they want to speculate a bit what could happen if we get to the Premier League,” he said. “For me, the most important thing to make clear is that nothing is achieved. We still have 12 games left. Don’t dream too much, don’t think you are too good.

“In training every day and in the games you have to prove you are competitive.

“Of course in the background a bit it is important to plan for different scenarios, and we are professional so we are doing this, but it is also important not to be too proud of yourself or what you have achieved. You must keep going further on.

“When I am asked about why we are developing and supporting so many young players I feel it is not so much about speaking why we do this and more about the way you act. The same with what we are trying to do on the pitch.

“Let’s not talk so much about extraordinary things, let’s achieve them.”

Farke conducted the celebrations on the pitch again after his men beat Bristol City - before revealing top scorer Teemu Pukki was a major fitness doubt prior to kick-off.

“We didn’t want to scare our supporters or give Bristol some hope but he was not very well the day or two before the game and was in bed,” said Farke. “I was totally pleased he was able to handle the load and he was involved for the assist with Kenny (McLean).

“It is important we have goals across the team, so we are not relying on one player. You saw that with Kenny and Ben Godfrey.

“My feeling is the players should be there with the fans (at full-time) and not the head coach being praised. It is more or less a ritual and I enjoy it. To create so many chances against a side with so many clean sheets and to score three goals is good for our self confidence.

“We missed too many chances perhaps but our defending in the second half was very, very good.

“When you don’t score the fourth goal to kill the game you have to be clinical at the other end of the pitch.”

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