Norwich boss Daniel Farke was satisfied with his side’s performance in Saturday’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea and is convinced they can compete in the Premier League.
The Canaries twice drew level with the Blues thanks to goals from Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki but Tammy Abraham’s second-half strike proved the difference at Carrow Road.
Norwich have three points from their opening three games after losing their opener to European champions Liverpool before claiming a 3-1 win over Newcastle, and Farke says their displays so far suggest they can avoid an immediate return to the Championship.
“We don’t have to worry too much. We have had three unbelievably tough games and played, for me, two of the best sides in this division,” he told the Eastern Daily Press.
“We have the first win under our belt and we have been competitive. I trust my players and I knew it before this game but the manner we competed should give us even more confidence.
“It will always be difficult for us to get points against Chelsea, but we don’t raise the white flag. If we try with this group, of young, technically good players, to only defend then we have no chance against a side like Chelsea.
“The first 15 minutes of the second half underlined the pressure would be too much so we have to be on the front foot. If we can dominate spells then we have a chance.”
Norwich are 3.60 to win at West Ham in the next round of fixtures and Pukki is 17.00 to finish as the Premier League’s top goalscorer.