‘We like to take that role’ – City defender wants more underdog spirit against Wolves
PUBLISHED: 19:50 19 December 2019 | UPDATED: 19:50 19 December 2019
Christoph Zimmermann will be encouraging an underdog spirit as Norwich City prepare to host Wolves on Saturday.
The Canaries bolstered belief in their Premier League capabilities with an impressive 1-1 draw at Leicester last Saturday and expect a similar challenge this weekend.
Wealthy Wolves saw an 11 game unbeaten run come to an end in the top flight on Sunday, losing 2-1 at home to resurgent Tottenham, and sit eighth in the table with progress to the Europa League knockout stages secured.
"No one is going to lie, there is no team in this league that does not have quality and more money to spend than us," Zimmermann said frankly. "So therefore we understand that in more or less every game we are the underdog - and we like to take that role.
"But we've proven that when we play our game and when we play with intensity and confidence that we can make things happen and create things.
"We still need to work on being more solid, especially from set-plays, to be fair, but then we have shown in the last five games that we should get chances to get points from every single game - and I don't see why we can't get points from the Wolves game."
City have picked up five points from their last five games as their injury crisis has eased, with Grant Hanley bolstering the centre-back options with a return to training last week, after three months out due to groin and hernia surgery.
Zimmermann, who returned from his own three month injury spell last month, said: "I've just been lucky to have four or five weeks training with the team, so I can't really judge the quality of training before. But certainly, even with Grant coming back to training, even though he wasn't in the squad (at Leicester), you could feel straight away that there was somebody else and even one more person in training lifts the mood.
"That gets the best out of the players and we certainly need that. That's one of the main reasons that we had such a good performance, because of the mood.
"The whole training week had been very good and that's due to some key players coming back, some leaders. Sometimes you can see that they are not just having an impact when they are playing but also with the team in training because they are in each situation trying to get the best out of each player."