‘If we are not a team then we cannot save ourselves’ - Loanee on a survival mission at City
PUBLISHED: 17:00 23 January 2020 | UPDATED: 21:30 23 January 2020
Ondrej Duda is on a Premier League survival mission at Norwich City.
The Hertha Berlin loan player has contributed to two good performances since his arrival, with a 1-0 home win over Bournemouth which should have been more comfortable and a narrow 2-1 loss at Tottenham.
The Slovakia international has been praised by head coach Daniel Farke for his high work rate but Duda is intent on contributing to his team, rather than chasing personal praise.
"The first thing is the team, after that is individual performance," said the attacking midfielder. "If we are not a team then we cannot save ourselves in the Premier League - but it is like this, everyone works for the team.
"I hope in the end we are going to celebrate but it's a long way until the end."
Defeat at Spurs kept City bottom and six points from safety but Duda was annoyed to be leaving London without any points after a largely positive performance.
He continued: "We have to be proud because I think we left 100 percent out on the pitch and we didn't deserve to lose.
"At least one point would have been good for our confidence, for sure, but it's unlucky we lost the game."
Duda appears to be settling into his new surroundings well and feels his style of play has gelled with City's other attacking players, although he again showed his willingness to defend from the front as well.
"I can say it's better than my former club, I don't want to say if it's better players because I'm not here to judge players, but I feel better than before and Norwich play really nice football," the 25-year-old added.
"First of all for me it is a chance to play and that is what I want, to enjoy football. How it goes, nobody knows if we are going to stay in the Premier League or go down, but I am just happy I'm playing."
Duda made his second start in five days, having not played for a month in Germany, but says he will be fit to start at Burnley in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday, if his head coach wants him to start again.
"I am tired but it's better to be tired from matches than training, I like to play Saturday-Wednesday-Saturday because I love football," he concluded. "It's a quick recovery because I just jumped in the ice bath, but I like that."