However, this presented two problems

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However, this presented two problems

Daniel Farke’s balancing act behind Norwich City’s revival in fortunes

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canada goose factory outlet vancouver The answer, I think, is balance. Earlier in https://www.pick-canadagoose.com the season it was clear that Daniel Farke wanted to play with a back four as well as getting two strikers on the pitch. However, this presented two problems. canada goose factory outlet vancouver

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That change has enabled the City canada goose coats full backs to be much more aggressive going forwards and explains the gamble that Farke took in asking Alex Tettey to start three games in eight days.

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Defending has always been the main strength of Tettey’s game, but what has come as a surprise is that even at this late stage of his career he is now looking much more comfortable on the ball and is contributing significantly when City are going forward too.

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canada goose outlet locations in toronto However, for anyone pining for the “old” Norwich, Tuesday’s cup tie, in which City cruised to a 4 1 lead only to concede a sloppy goal to spark a Wycombe revival before hanging on by their fingertips as the hosts threw the kitchen sink at them, would have been horribly familiar. canada goose outlet locations in toronto

Nevertheless, while some of the second string missed a chance to impress Farke, the two priorities on the night were to get through to the next round and avoid further injury problems, both canada goose uk outlet of which were achieved, although Rhodes’ classy hat trick will have brought a smile to the coach’ face at the thought of having two in form strikers available.

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Has a corner been turned or is it a purple patch like the one last autumn? Only time will tell, but there has been a sense of self belief to City’s Canada Goose online play in the last few games which uk canada goose outlet augurs well.

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