Premier League: Norwich City could be ‘trash’ when things went wrong, says manager Daniel Farke
Norwich City’s 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge left them rooted to the bottom with 21 points, having won only five matches
Norwich City did not have enough quality in their squad to compete in the Premier League this season and when they got things wrong could be “trash”, manager Daniel Farke said after losing at Chelsea on Tuesday for an eighth successive defeat.
“You are always struggling with consistency when your individual quality is not always at the top level,” said the Norwich boss, whose side were already relegated at the weekend after a single season back up in the Premier League.
“On a good day we were competitive, even against the best sides in this league. We are capable of beating the likes of Manchester City, Leicester or Tottenham,” he said.
“But when we are not spot on in all departments then we can be trash. I think that is quite normal. A better side with more individual quality can at least be solid on a poor day and still get some points but were not capable of doing this.
“We always have to be spot-on with a 100 percent performance. When we do that we are competitive and can even win points at this level.”
Norwich’s 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge left them rooted to the bottom with 21 points, having won only five matches, but Farke was much happier than after the 4-0 loss at the weekend to West Ham United that condemned his side to return to the Championship.
“Three days ago we were relegated so it’s not like we have happy days at the moment, but I was pretty pleased with the reaction of my lads,” he said.
“We were really compact, competitive and not far away from taking a point. In terms of commitment and desire it was a really good performance. I was happy with the reaction after relegation.”
The Norwegian, who took over from Jose Mourinho in 2018, will stay at Old Trafford until at least 2024, with the option of an extra year.
The move appears to form part of a rebuilding process at the north London side, with Belgium defender Alderweireld leaving despite having two years left on his contract.
No fee has been disclosed but British media reported value the deal at £34 million ($47 million) rising to £48 million with add-ons.