Daniel Farke insists he is not ‘jealous’ of Aston Villa’s wealth

Christoph Zimmermann has impressed since his free transfer move from Germany. Picture: Paul Chestert

Christoph Zimmermann has impressed since his free transfer move from Germany. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke is not 'jealous' of Aston Villa's spending power as he tries to plot their Championship downfall.

Steve Bruce's expensively-assembled squad head to Carrow Road on Saturday for a televised lunchtime clash bidding to step up their promotion bid after second-placed Cardiff City slipped up 1-0 at home to champions-elect Wolves on Friday night.

City are dealing with the financial reality of life after the big time, but Farke insists the Canaries can bridge the gap.

'If you want to compare the two clubs they signed John Terry in the summer and we signed Christoph Zimmermann from the German fourth tier,' he said.

'Now I am totally happy with Christoph and our way.


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'Villa's way is a different way.

'They are entitled to spend a lot of money and I am not jealous and I wouldn't criticise that. I am full of respect.

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'It is not easy to lead a group of high quality players.

'I think Steve Bruce does an outstanding job. When you have Terry and James Chester or (Robert) Snodgrass and (Lewis) Grabban they are not going to get nervous at this stage of the season. An experienced squad and an experienced coach.

'They know how to win games. We need to show a lot of commitment and togetherness and have the support of our fans.'

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Farke refutes the suggestion one win in the last 10 is compelling evidence his mid-table squad have lost that edge over the run-in.

'I don't have the feeling they are not focused.

'We know it is the last period of the season and you can have some problems in the performance but it is not like our heads are already on the beach,' he said.

'It wouldn't be possible to produce such a good performance like Reading or to dominate a game against a side like Fulham.

'We all know we have to show a reaction (after the QPR defeat), to be aggressive.

'That is important and the players are looking forward to this chance. We are full of respect for Aston Villa. It is not about just pressing a button, we win all the duels and then we have an easy win. It is a bit like the Fulham game. We are not the favourite.

'Steve Bruce made it clear they are still chasing automatic promotion.

'They have Cardiff on Tuesday so they will be motivated to bring three points from our game.

'We are again in the underdog role.'

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