Dan O'Hagan gave the lowdown on Norwich City
- Expert’s view on Town’s first Sky Bet Championship opponent
- Details what he expects from Norwich City
- Watch the full feature on #HTTV
TV Presenter and commentator Dan O’Hagan gave his thoughts on Norwich City ahead of Huddersfield Town’s Sky Bet Championship opener!
Style of play
If it is the style we saw when they went up two years ago, it will be really attractive, free flowing football with short passing clever movements. There will be counter-pressing from Norwich when they don’t have the ball, but when they do have the ball it will be hard for the opposition to get it off them again because they have such wonderful touch players in the team. I think the players that they have brought in are players that can play in that way and fit in that system.
Daniel Farke’s Way
What I’m seeing from Daniel Farke now after three seasons at Norwich is that he has learnt something each season. The first season it was a mid-table finish but he learnt from that and then went on for promotion the season after that. I’m sure he’s learnt some very harsh lessons from the Premier League last season as well and will be a much savvier Daniel Farke and a much more, maybe, ‘streetwise’ Norwich will be seen this season.
What went wrong last season?
I think Norwich last season were almost too nice. They played such wonderful football but there wasn’t the aggression you need. Norwich relied heavily on Alexander Tettey last season, he was the only player in the squad that could play the ‘ugly stuff’ and they need a bit more of that, maybe this season they have found out.
Bouncing back from disappointment
It’s very hard for a team to come down on the losing streak that Norwich had to find the energy to go again, but I think the players they’ve brought in suggest they might just do that. They’ve come down in, I think, relatively good health compared to some clubs and in terms of some players moving on and others coming in, it’s given a real sense of a fresh start.
Playing Behind Closed Doors
Norwich will have to be better than they were last season when they almost used it as an excuse to not raise their standards. I’m sure again that these lessons will have been learnt.
Ambitions for the season
There is no doubt that Norwich will play advanced football, but we will have to see if it has the same effect as it did in 2018/19. Last season was a real learning curve, had they stayed up it would have been great, but the Club has come down in good health and now they will feel they can go back up straight away.
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