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Pep outlines Norwich strengths ahead of Etihad curtain-raiser

Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on Norwich manager Daniel Farke for his team’s playing style ahead of Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium.

City welcome the Premier League newcomers for our first home game of the new season after our opponents' return to the top flight began in defeat to Liverpool on the opening day.

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Nonetheless, Guardiola has made no secrets about the admiration he has for both Farke and the Canaries' fearless, free-flowing brand of football, and is expecting City to be given a stern test this weekend.

“Daniel (Farke) is an exceptional manager. I always enjoy watching his teams play,” the boss declared in his pre-match press conference.

“I didn't see much last year but the year they were in the Premier League they didn’t get results but they played really well.

“They are a team that are going to try to play, with the movements of (Teemu) Pukki and the others.

“We are going to prepare to play a really good team. We are incredibly delighted to finally play at the Etihad with our people.

“I have a lot of respect for them, especially Daniel. Hopefully they will be at a good level.”

Guardiola also outlined the importance of having the full squad out on the training ground for a sustained period ahead of our clash with the Canaries.

 

Following Norwich’s visit, City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad Stadium before club football is put on hold for the first international break of the new season.

 

And the boss has admitted that the few weeks leading up to the break provide a welcome opportunity to get up to speed for the rest of the campaign.

 

 

When asked about the benefits of a full week at the City Football Academy, Pep responded: “Absolutely, in terms of remembering or introducing something.

 

“After the international break we don’t have time, after you become an office man, more time in front of the computer than on the pitch.

 

“These three weeks are the only time we have to talk about the things we are going to do.

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