Sheffield United v Norwich City match preview: Revolution will not happen overnight, warns Alex Tettey
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Alex Tettey has seen plenty of comings and goings at Carrow Road and insists Daniel Farke’s Norwich City blueprint will take time.
Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber have both spoken about developing a clear identity and a philosophy, but Tettey accepts there is a pragmatic dimension to this makeover.
“It won’t happen overnight. It will not be pretty football at Carrow Road all of a sudden. Meanwhile, it is about three points. That is what everybody wants, whether it is Barcelona style or not,” he said. “The manager has a clear philosophy and it will take time.
“Since I have been at this club there has been a number of managers and I have always said they need someone with a clear philosophy and how they want this club to play football. He has that. His methods are different and new. We are not used to having a foreign manager since I was here. People mention time and hopefully he will get that to continue what he is trying to do.”
Tettey is back in the mix and reaping the benefits from his international retirement on a body which has had to cope with a punishing club and country schedule in recent years.
“I really wish I could play for Norway still, but I can’t. I have been enjoying days off with the family and training well at Norwich (during the break),” he said. “The way I play, and what I do, you have to be at your best. It would have been hard to play three games in a week and then go away to Norway. Where I play on the pitch you almost empty yourself out at the end of a game and for how I play you need to be 100pc fresh. It is one of the reasons I made a decision to stop. My knee is fine. It has been in a very good condition. Obviously in pre-season it was tough when we had almost like three sessions a day. That was a struggle but the load is a little bit less in the league so that is not an issue. The Championship is the same as always. It is difficult to win games. It doesn’t matter who you’re against, you have to be at it to win games all over the pitch. It is hard work and with a bit of quality and some luck you can win games. But you have to be solid at the back or you won’t do anything. It is not about tiki taka football. I’m trying to help the team do that with my contribution.”