Daniel Farke wouldn’t be surprised if Barnsley joined Norwich City in the Premier League next season.
The Canaries will officially claim a second championship title on Farkes watch in Oakwell when Grant Hanley lifts the trophy . But the Tykes have a chance to follow them into the big time after a surprising rise under Valerien Ismael through the play-offs.
The Frenchman won his great friend for the inside information on English football before he started accepted the job in South Yorkshire that season. That seems like an inspired decision, even if the illiterate Reds have to face the odds against Bournemouth, Brentford and Swansea.
« They have every chance, considering how impressive they have been, especially in the second half of the season « said Farke. Norwich had a close league game on Carrow Road but lost on their last visit to the FA Cup. « Maybe a big surprise in the eyes of many as you would have talked about some other teams that are better able to get into the top six, but they really deserve it.
» I think they will be highly motivated to land as high as possible in the table and go into the play-offs with a little momentum. We have to be at our best, but regardless of what happens in this game, they have a good chance of success.
“What they have done is a fantastic tribute to the players, the staff and of course Valerien Ismael who do an excellent job there. A bit like us, nobody expected us to be promoted two years ago. Bigger names may be involved in the play-offs, but the names don’t matter at this point. “
City hit a blow through the division with their offensive vigor two seasons ago, but this time the defensive solidity has created a stable platform. Norwich’s determination pleased Farke: The Canaries have won four more games on the road than any other team in the league.
« First of all, it was because of the quality of the work we have done throughout the season, but if you can If you look at the away record, it’s also because of our mentality, « he said. “The mentality of showing steel, especially in the away games. We know it’s still the same football game, but when you’re not at home you sometimes have to get used to it.
“Even without fans in the stadium, it can be easier for the home team. You don’t have to travel, everything is known in relation to the area.
“This showing steel mentality is something that we definitely have to continue into the next season. I am fully aware that it will be a little tougher to win so many away football games in the Premier League, but that ability to commit, to show resilience and to show unity will be an important theme for the next season. «
The city’s title celebration against Reading last weekend was held in an empty stadium. The same social distancing requirements make a trophy lift like no other.
Daniel Farke’s coaching team in Norwich City may have to take a back seat during the official title presentations in Barnsley
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Farke announced on Friday that the injured duo Olly Skipp and Teemu Pukki will travel but will not be able to receive their medals on the pitch.
« This is the new reality, » said the city boss. “It’s a strange feeling. We have to stick to the protocols and that means following social distancing. One issue we’ve been told is that only the players involved that day, and possibly the head coach, can get their medals.
« It feels strange that my coaching staff won’t be able to handle the official pictures, or the guys who are not involved in this game like Teemu and Oliver.
« We live in strange times and this is a team effort. Oliver Skipp and Teemu Pukki were an integral part. That’s before you even get into a situation with no fans in the stadium. We all remember celebrating with them at Villa Park. This day will live with us forever. “
Borrowed Norwich City midfielder Oliver Skipp had surgery on a broken foot earlier this week but will be in Barnsley
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Farke admitted that these impromptu title celebrations with fans outside Carrow Road last weekend felt like a little bit of normalcy.
Farke, his players and staff in the back room celebrated a short, socially distant party with them several hundred fans gathered at the City Stand after winning the title against Reading.
In a season when the vast majority were locked out, this reminded the City boss of what this latest success means. </ p "You need those little moments outside of the stadium so we can share and feel what it means to people," said Farke. “Fortunately, we had a foretaste of it. But it can also be a motivation for the next season if we need it. It is important that you cherish this moment and that you also remember these moments.
« We were so disappointed, if I am honest, with the empty stadium because we had some magical days and magical nights in which you imagine a full house on Carrow Road would have been like.
« The place would have exploded. Mario (Vrancics) delayed goals as soon as we were promoted or we won the title. Even the last home game for Mario and Alex (Tettey) and Xavi Quintilla. «
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