“Maybe that is a bad example,” began Norwich manager Daniel Farke. Yes Daniel, yes it was.
You might be wondering what Oscar-winning actress Keira Knightley has to do with Norwich’s mixed start to the Championship season.
The answer isn’t much, really, Farke just decided to send Eric Cantona to all of us at his press conference ahead of Brentford’s game on Tuesday.
Like the seagulls who follow the trawler because they think the sardines will be thrown overboard, the Canary Islands boss has come up with his own weird analogy to describe how excited we should be for his side this season.
“Imagine that one of my young players and the prettiest girl in their town asks them on a date to go to the movies,” he says.
“The player was buzzing and excited and asking his mom to iron his clothes. Maybe go to the barber for a haircut and buy some flowers and get ready for the happiest day of your life.
“But if this young man was already with, say Keira Knightley, he might say it’s nice but a new haircut is expensive, the cinema is busy and I’m a little too lazy to buy flowers.” I’ll probably just sit on the couch and watch a soccer game. You are no longer excited.
“We are neither Liverpool nor Manchester City. We are not too good for this league. We can’t expect to blow up teams 4-0, 5-0. It’s amazing that we are producing late winners and dominating the games so much.
“Our tie against Rotherham the other day, if it was two years ago the build would have been compared to Barcelona. Meanwhile, we are talking about relying on our own goals.
“We have to feel that excitement. We must take advantage of this moment.
So basically it’s all Keira Knightley’s fault? No, wait, do we have to iron our clothes before we watch Norwich? We abandon.