Daniel Farke rolls the dice again to cause FA Cup upset against Chelsea

Josh Murphy and James Maddison combined to shock Arsenal in Norwich City's brave League Cup exit ear

Josh Murphy and James Maddison combined to shock Arsenal in Norwich City's brave League Cup exit earlier this season. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke displayed his gambler's instinct to spark a festive Championship revival. Now he is pledging no half-measures against Premier League champions Chelsea.

Daniel Farke was criticised for making so many changes over the festive period at Burton. Picture: P

Daniel Farke was criticised for making so many changes over the festive period at Burton. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Farke admitted City's League Cup exertions - and that extra-time defeat at Arsenal - may have brought a league hangover but he is not tempted to tackle the Blues with only his fringe men.

'When you risk a lot in the cup there is also the risk you are not so strong in the next league game but in Germany you say one day you have to die,'

said Farke, who took flak for making six changes for last week's drab goalless draw at Burton before beating Millwall on New Year's Day.

'We were brilliant in the League Cup against Arsenal.

Timm Klose returned for the New Year's Day win over Millwall. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Timm Klose returned for the New Year's Day win over Millwall. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd


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'I'm a deep believer in cup competitions.

'I want to win each and every game. If you wanted to lose, you could stand on the sidelines and not play at all. This is a good moment for us because we can be very relaxed and we have a week to prepare for Bristol City.

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'It is a lot of load for us. A fifth game in 14 days.

'You have to be careful. We are fortunate we had our last game on Monday. We are thinking about maybe rotating in some positions but not too much.

Eden Hazard is an injury doubt for Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Eden Hazard is an injury doubt for Chelsea. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

'It was a little bit different after Arsenal.

'We were so close to creating something special and maybe we paid the price in the next two or three league games.'

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Farke puts Antonio Conte's roster in the same bracket as the Gunners.

Alex Pritchard has been linked to Premier League Huddersfield. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Alex Pritchard has been linked to Premier League Huddersfield. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

'We know it is hard to be competitive against a giant like Chelsea,' he said.

'They will be there with a strong squad. If they don't have Eden Hazard, they have Willian or Pedro. If you stick together and are brave, and give everything on the pitch, you can do something extraordinary.

'I like being the underdog. It's no secret Manchester City will win the Premier League.

'It means the FA Cup has a high importance for Chelsea.

'They are 100pc favourites for this game. You define yourself by winning titles when you are a big club and you would have to say the Champions League is tricky for them also, so there is a lot of attention on this game.'

Farke opted to downplay his first brush with the world famous cup competition.

'As a German coach you watch a lot of English football so I couldn't say this competition is any more special than the others,' he said.

'This is the first round of the FA Cup for us so I am sure the players have had bigger success in their careers.

'The same for me.

'It is not like we have won the title if we beat Chelsea.'

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