WHILE Norwich earned plenty of plaudits in losing to Liverpool in their first game, plenty said they had to change to survive.
It was said they will be left far too open and pay the price for pushing so many players forward.
I didn’t agree at the time, and after beating Manchester City it is clear Daniel Farke is sticking to his guns.
It hasn’t been about changing their style which made them so successful in the Championship, more that they are playing around 10 yards deeper.
This ensure that huge gaps aren’t left when they lose the ball.
In terms of how many men they are committing forward, nothing has changed.
They tend to attack with a six and defend with a four.
Behind lone-striker Teemu Pukki, the trio of Emiliano Buendia, Marci Stepermann and Todd Cantwell played very narrow on Saturday, with the width coming from full-backs Sam Byram and Jamal Lewis.
Opponents will want to keep things tight in the middle against them, leaving space out wide.
And if they decide they need to stop the advancing full-backs then they will leave themselves vulnerable in central areas.
And the beauty of Norwich’s performance was that when they lost the ball they were immediately in a great position to press in numbers high up the pitch.
Teams find it hard playing through Norwich, and Pep Guardiola’s side were no different.
Looking at their third goal at Carrow Road, they had three players in and around City, applying the pressure that drew the mistake from Nicolas Otamendi.
The Canaries have got very good individuals across the pitch, but what stands out is how they press as a collective.
Starting with Pukki the rest followed, and City just couldn’t get in their rhythm.
As impressive was how comfortable they were on the ball.
The best, but hardest, way to beat City is to pass out from the back to try and play through their press.
They seemed so comfortable doing it, enabling them to get on the front foot and at their fragile defence.
Norwich were warned of the dangers of committing so many forward.
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But actually all they’ve done is drop slightly deeper as a unit.
They still have as many numbers up the pitch, ready to spring into the press once they lose possession.
And in the end, Manchester City couldn’t handle it.