Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is hoping that his in form side can cause problems for Premier League side Bournemouth in tonight’s Carabao Cup clash on the South Coast tonight.
History isn’t on Norwich City’s side, having made the League Cup Quarter-Finals just once in the last 22 years, while Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have progressed to the final eight twice in the last twice in the last four seasons.
The last time the two sides played, Bournemouth ran away 3-0 winners in January 2016 when Norwich were in the Premier League. However, manager Daniel Farke wants his inform Canaries side to travel to the Vitality Stadium feeling confident that they can cause an upset by making it difficult for a high-flying Bournemouth side – who have lost just twice in 10 Premier League games.
“It’s a big game for us, a big challenge and we want to stay successful and be greedy,” Farke said at the pre-match press conference.
“Each player wants to play and is looking forward to it. So it’s up to me to be smart on our starting line-up.”
The German was full of praise for an inform Bournemouth side, and hailed the job that Englishman Eddie Howe is doing at Dean Court.
“It is one of the toughest draws, perhaps Bournemouth is not the biggest name in the country but we are full of respect and big compliments to Eddie [Howe]. We know that we are not the favourite in this game, and it’s an away game with long travel, but we will be rebellious and try to get the best result we can get.
“I think they are aware that we are in good form so they will be pretty respectful, so there is no chance they will be less focused.
“It’s the fourth round of the Carabao Cup so they know it is a good chance for them to be in the last eight. It’s a big task but we are looking forward to having this task.
“We are dangerous. You can’t deny our really good form, we are in the top position in the moment in the Championship and we are on a good run with many, many wins. But his [Eddie Howe] team have had a good run and are on fire as well.”
The 42-year-old wants his side to take advantage of the clash to prove themselves as serious promotion contenders, and is keen to make a big statement in tonight’s game.
“On the one hand it’s a big chance for us to be there with another statement and another big performance and work more on our self-confidence. And when you have a chance to be in the last eight teams of the cup you want to use this chance.
“We want to be there with a strong starting line-up, but without taking any risk of injuries. Of course there will be a few changes, and some are forced. I have to change Stiepermann and Cantwell and Michael McGovern will come in.”
Former Borussia Dortmund II manager Farke went on to reveal that the concept of the game going to penalties isn’t one of his main worries heading into tonight’s game.
“Who will take penalties for us is not a big topic because even the best goal-scorers sometimes miss penalties.
“Perhaps some of the other lads will try to do their best to bring the ball over the line, but there will also be a time when Jordan [Rhodes] will be taking another penalty and I’m pretty sure he will be there and score.”