Daniel Farke has challenged Norwich to continue “breaking more or less all of the rules in football” by moving further clear at the top of the Sky Bet Championship with victory over Swansea.
The Canaries are two points ahead of Leeds and can put seven between themselves and third-placed Sheffield United if they chalk up another win at Carrow Road on Friday night.
It has been a remarkable campaign so far under the German, whose young and unheralded squad were not expected to be challenging for the top six let alone automatic promotion.
Farke, though, is determined to keep everyone grounded as Norwich look to secure a return to the Premier League.
“We are in such a good position after 35 games because we are breaking more or less all of the rules in football,” said Farke, appointed during the summer of 2017 after being in charge of Borussia Dortmund II.
“We are not able to spend lots of money but we are successful and we are playing with a young side, but are still consistent. We have to do the same tomorrow.”
Farke added at a pre-match press conference: “These games are unbelievably tough because we are not only facing a side that is mid-table, but also a side that was last season in the Premier League.
“They are one of the best possession sides in the whole league and if we think we have a great opportunity and are not switched on, we will fail.”
Farke has no intention of trying to work out what tally could take the Canaries up and will just deal with the job at hand.
“I’m not planning like this (how many points we need),” he said.
“It’s important in football that you face yourself with the reality and that is a pretty tough game tomorrow against Swansea. We should just concentrate on this.
“I don’t dream too much about what will happen in the future.”
Swansea boss Potter hails Norwich
Norwich coasted to a 4-1 win at the Liberty Stadium earlier in the season.
Swansea boss Graham Potter believes the Canaries are top of the table on merit – but hopes his team can produce the required performance to launch a late run for the play-offs.
“Anybody that can consistently win between now and the end of the season puts themselves in a very strong position,” Potter said.
“It’s obvious that if you can win a lot of games on the spin you can move up the table quite quickly – and in a big way.”
Potter added on the Swans’ website: “You have to believe it is possible. We have not managed to do it so far and there will be reasons why that is.
“You have to take in all the experiences so far and try and get some results, that breeds confidence and belief and, with a bit of luck, you won’t be too far away.”