Daniel Farke called it a ‘special day’ after seeing his Norwich side stun Premier League champions Manchester City 3-2 at a raucous Carrow Road.
While Norwich have looked a decent side upon their return to the English top-flight, few would have expected them to take anything from their game against a Man City outfit who last lost a league game back in January.
Against the odds though, Daniel Farke’s men raced to a 2-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes, though Sergio Aguero’s goal on the stroke of half-time looked like it would be the catalyst for a second-half turnaround.
However, in-form Finland international Teemu Pukki registered his sixth goal of the campaign after Emiliano Buendia robbed Nicolas Otamendi on the edge of the Citizens box, before Rodri scored a late consolation.
Speaking after the game, Canaries boss Farke was understandably delighted with his side’s performance, especially considering the fact that he was missing eight players through injury.
Norwich are the first newly-promoted team to beat Manchester City in the Premier League since Pep Guardiola took charge of the club.
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“Of course it is a special day for us and for the club. Against one of the best teams in the world and when we have so many injuries,” Farke told the BBC.
“We have so much passion for our owners and we couldn’t ask for more from them so this win is for them.
“We had to be special in our plan for City because they are the best team in the world but we had setbacks too with our injuries, but we deserve the win today we were exceptional.
“[Ibrahim] Amadou was beautiful today playing in an unusual position and a debut for Alex Tettey and Sam Byram too. I can’t praise the lads enough today. We had so many things too overcome.
“Teemu [Pukki] was brilliant, not only because of his goals but for his work rate too. Teemu always thinks about the team first which is why he deserves all of the praise.
“We want to win each and every game and we will try to defend. But with our philosophy we cannot just press a button and park the bus, we have to go with what we’ve got and what we believe in which is being on the front foot. But today it wasn’t possible to dominate the ball so we had a special plan and thankfully it worked well.”