Daniel Farke insists Watford game is not ‘must win’ for Norwich

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Daniel Farke, Manager of Norwich City acknowledges the fans after the Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on September 11, 2021 in London, England.

Norwich head coach Daniel Farke rejects the showdown with Watford is a “must win” game – and launched an impassioned defence of his squad, which has lost all four of their opening Premier League matches.

The Canaries swept to a second Sky Bet Championship title under the German last season, but so far have again come up short on their return to the top flight.

Following arguably the toughest of starts – against Liverpool, Manchester City and Leicester before losing 1-0 at Arsenal after the international break – the visit of fellow new boys Watford would appear to offer the perfect platform to kickstart the campaign.

Farke, though, maintains it is not just about the need to finally get some points on the board and everyone must keep the bigger picture in mind.

“The outside world is quite often pretty quick to judge the game as ‘must win’ – I even heard this when we had to travel to Arsenal,” he said.

“It is not at all. We want to win points in each and every game, but for us at this level not one game is easy. IMG-20210917-163605-917

“It does not differ if it is a home game against Liverpool or Watford – we want to make sure we are there with a top performance to give ourselves a chance to win points.

“If we perform like in the last two games, then we definitely have a chance to win points.

“If we start to doubt ourselves too early or to lose trust in the process and in the players, then we have no chance to establish ourselves at this level.”

New signings Ozan Kabak and Mathias Normann could both be involved, while Josh Sargent has recovered from a hamstring problem picked up on international duty.

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