Forget Farke life. Now it is about Farke time at Norwich City
PUBLISHED: 19:32 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 20:09 23 February 2018
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Daniel Farke will take any comparison going with Manchester United icon Sir Alex Ferguson.
Farke’s squad has taken the quest for late goals to new heights in two thrilling comebacks against Ipswich and Wolves.
Norwich have now scored more late goals than any other side in the second tier this season, and ‘Farke Time’ has a nice ring to it for the City head coach.
Ferguson’s trophy-laden era at Old Trafford was notable for a similar never-say-die attitude - most famously one painful Champions League final in 1999 for Bayern Munich fan Farke.
“I am from Germany so I had this experience,” he said. “It was a tough night.
“I was a Bayern fan in those times and it was hard for me to watch (Teddy) Sheringham and (Ole Gunnar) Solksjaer score. If there is a ‘Farke time’ then I take it as a compliment.
“It is a good sign if your side is able to score many late goals. If you want to call it ‘Farke time’ you can, no problem.
“There are many reasons. You need a really good fitness level.
“We did it against Ipswich, against Wolves, against Hull and even Chelsea in the FA Cup.
“It is no coincidence. Also it has to do with our style a bit. We always want to keep the ball and exhaust the opponent. They might be able to run and press for an hour, but it becomes much harder the later the game goes.
“It is also about mentality and togetherness and we speak about that a lot.
“It is important to believe in yourself and have that never-say-die mentality that if we can’t win, we will not get beat.
“We have spoken about this topic of being greedy in the last minutes of games.
“Hopefully I am able to bring this attitude even more in the heads and the hearts of the players.”
Nelson Oliveira’s 95th-minute long-range effort salvaged a midweek point at Molineux, after Farke had opted to start with Dennis Srbeny. The Canaries’ chief, however, is not ruling out unleashing the pair together on Championship defences.
“One of the reasons we wanted Dennis so much is because we feel he offers something different,” said Farke.
“Nelson likes to drop deeper to get the ball so to have a physical presence higher up could work. It is useful and sometimes necessary to play both.
“In the last minutes against Ipswich we didn’t need a player like Josh (Murphy) because there was no space behind (Luke) Chambers and his team-mates.
“They were so deep.”
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