The key points from Daniel Farke's pre Leeds United press conference
Daniel Farke's Norwich City take on Leeds at Carrow Road on Sunday.  Getty images: Credit Stephen Pond. 

Daniel Farke's side are bottom of the table with two points after nine games and on Sunday, they host a Leeds side who are five points above them in the Premier League.

The Canaries manager spoke about the defeat at Chelsea, the game against Leeds, the pressure he and the Club is under following Stuart Webbers comments in the media on Thursday and gave a team news update.

  • How did Norwich react this week after loss at Chelsea?

A 7-0 defeat for any Club would be tough to take and Daniel Farke confirmed that the first few days were difficult:

The German said:  “The first few days after the defeat were difficult. When we analysed the game and then started to train, the feeling improves, but it still hurt a lot.

“It was important to feel the pain. We were very down after the result.

“Since the middle of the week, I got the feeling we weren’t looking back too much, and it was more about what we will face in the future.

“The near future is Leeds and everyone is focused on showing a response after the 7-0 defeat.

“We know against such an opponent (like Chelsea), it can happen. The top three in the Premier League are on a different level. We know if you are not on your best level, something like this can happen.

“We now want to show some pride and respond. And this is our task on Sunday."

Leeds United are in their second season of Premier League football and in his pre game address the Norwich City manager made clear his respect for the Yorkshire side.

He told www.canaries.co.uk:

"Leeds have done fantastic in the last two years. Perhaps the last few weeks have not been great for them, but we are very respectful of them." 

  • Stuart Webber's midweek comments to the press

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Norwich City Sporting Director spoke to the media on Wednesday.

Norwich have come under a lot of pressure in recent weeks and on Thursday Sporting Director Stuart Webber came out and spoke to the media.

As part of the briefing Webber gave Farke his backing and argued that the criticism levelled at Norwich which implies the Club have just taken the money and not spent is false. 

Farke publicly thanked Webber for the show of support but insisted it wasnt necessary and explained that he thought the summer signings are good enough to compete in the Premier League.

Norwich's manager told the Pinkun: 

“I will always stay humble and modest but I don’t need any backing,” he said. “I know what he is thinking. We speak on a daily basis. I know whwe have done here for this club since 2017. How far we have developed the club.

"I am so highly motivated to help my players, to improve our situation. If someone wants to criticise my decisions that is ok, I take it. I would rather that than they criticise the players or the club. I am not happy with the status quo but I am not doubting what we are doing. I am fully convinced we have so much to give and achieve.

"I can’t guarantee anything other than we will work our socks off. 

“If we lose against Chelsea or Manchester City, although they are tough defeats, I do not start to doubt what we are doing. I am humble but I would like to think I have played a little part in this project and our success. 

Speaking specifically about transfers, Farke agreed with Webber that the summer signings have the quality to succeed in the Premier League but that it would take time. 

He continued: 

“Judge us after 38 games. If we don’t achieve our aim then we can discuss we should have signed other players with more quality,” he said.

“I am fully convinced of Pierre Lees-Melou, Billy Gilmour,, Josh Sargent, Milot Rashica, Christos Tzolis and Brandon Williams and all the others. They will prove they are good enough for this level."

Farke confirmed Christoph Zimmermann is still out after having ankle surgery and will miss several weeks. Todd Cantwell will also miss the game.

There were a couple of positive updates with the news that Sam Byram has completed a second successive week of full training after missing twenty months.
 

Billy Gilmour is also available- the onloan Chelsea youngster wasnt available to play against his parent Club and had a slight injury before last weekends game in London. 

 

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