City players must deal with lack of home advantage quickly - Trybull
Norwich City’s players must learn to live without home support quickly if they are to give Canaries fans some enjoyable entertainment, midfielder Tom Trybull has warned.
The Premier League resumes behind closed doors this week, with all 92 matches being shown live on television. City host Southampton on Friday (6pm) having seen home advantage drop drastically in the German top tier since the season resumed in May.
Another raft of away wins in the Bundesliga this weekend has seen the percentage of games won by the home team drop from 43 percent from before football’s suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic, to below 20pc.
“It’s a little bit like back to our roots because when we grew up we all played without supporters, without any fans and in my opinion there is no advantage or disadvantage for any teams,” Trybull said.
“It’s a green pitch with two goals at either end, so we have to take it how it comes and get as many points as possible.
“I don’t mind if we have supporters or not because all in all it’s the right decision due to the pandemic, so there is nothing to complain about because we can restart the season and be back in action - hopefully to give the fans at least a little smile when they follow on the TV.”
Home games look to be crucial to City’s hopes of closing the six-point gap to safety in the final games, with all five Carrow Road matches against teams currently placed no higher than 10th.
However, Trybull is well aware that if he and his team-mates don’t start capitalising on the amount of chances they create then they will be back in the Championship, with a joint league low of 25 goals in 29 matches so far.
“We can improve because we created a lot and deserved a little bit more, but if you don’t score then you can’t win the game,” said the German. “We showed in a lot of the games that we had the opportunity to score but we didn’t - and it is not only up to the strikers. From the midfielders, the strikers, defenders, it’s a general thing where we can improve.
“If we have the chance then we need to score, that’s the most important thing, for sure, because at this level you don’t get that many chances but if you score the first goal you have a good chance to win the game.”