Defender ready for former club
NORWICH City’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester City at Carrow Road on Saturday is one that carries special significance for a certain member of the squad.
Javier Garrido, who spent three years at Eastlands between 2007 and 2010, has been in impressive form since joining on-loan for the season from Serie A side Lazio and is looking forward to facing his former side.
The 27-year-old Spaniard was a key part of City’s unbeaten run of ten league games recently, which came to an end with defeats to West Brom and Chelsea.
With the league champions next up on Saturday, there is no let-up in the fixture list, but Garrido is adamant that City will be working hard to secure something from the game.
He told Canaries Player: “We will attempt to stop them by trying to be very focused on what we have to do and trying to run more than them.
“At the moment we are doing a good job at Carrow Road and it will be difficult for any team to come here.
“It was very important to be unbeaten, but now we’ve got difficult games so we will do our best to get some points.
“All teams are trying to get as many points as possible over this period as nobody wants to get relegated.
“Everyone must work hard because we’ve got another game – it’s a difficult game but it’s at home and that gives us strength.”
Despite his ties with Manchester, Garrido says there will be no split loyalties by the time kick off comes around.
He added: “I have good memories from Manchester City. Everything seemed to change so fast in the three years that I was there.
“I’ve got friends there but playing against them will be a new experience, and as soon as the referee starts the game I will do my best to beat them.
“After Manchester City we’ve got West Ham, which is another difficult game, and then the FA Cup, which is a tough competition. So it’s going to be tough but we are ready and we are doing the things we are used to.
“It was a special situation at Man City because when I arrived there in 2007, they signed about seven or eight players, but then the owner changed and the new one came in with new ideas.
“So it was a good thing to be involved with training and playing with players like Carlos Tevez. They are top class players, so that experience was good and helped me to grow as a player.”
To watch the full interview with Javier Garrido on Canaries Player, click here.