Midfielder enjoying his football at Norwich
CITY’S Norwegian international midfielder Alex Tettey is clearly a man who is loving every minute of life in the Barclays Premier League.
Since joining the Club in the summer from French side Rennes, the 26-year-old has impressed with some energetic displays in the middle of the park, and City fans will be hoping he can continue that sort of form with a trip to Aston Villa next up on Saturday.
It was Tettey’s stinging 25-yard drive that led to Grant Holt’s winning goal against Arsenal last weekend, and the midfielder admitted it’s still hard to believe that he’s playing in the Premier League.
“I have to pinch myself,” Tettey told Canaries Player. “I think ‘oh we’re playing Arsenal, oh we are playing against Cazorla’.
“We’re playing against big, big names, and when you’re doing well, you can’t believe it, but it’s football and I’m very happy to be playing these teams.
“I think Norwich is a good Club, everybody is nice and we’ve good players. I love coming to training and trying to improve all the time, so it’s a good Club.
“The atmosphere at the Arsenal game was fantastic, and that’s all thanks to the fans. I’ve been here two and a half months, and that was the first time I was on the pitch for a big game at Carrow Road and heard the fans like that.”
With the victory over Arsenal under their belts, next up is a tricky trip to Villa Park to face former manager Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa side, a game that Tettey knows will be close but hopes City can prevail after their resurgence against the Gunners.
He added: “I think it was a good lift [the Arsenal win]. We were working hard to get that three points, and for it to come against Arsenal was a good lift for us.
“Playing as one of two holding players in the midfield is something I like to do because it gives you options to go forward yourself, or to give the ball to the attackers. I thought all four attacking players looked great against Arsenal.
“I’m just trying to find the space when we attack. I love going forward, but I have to be smart about it so I don’t go forward then we get hit on the counter attack, because then the coach will be shouting at me!
“I think it’s going to be a much harder test against Villa than against Arsenal, because we know we’re playing a team that we have a 50% chance of winning against. They know they can win too.
“I’m looking forward to seeing how we can do against a team that we know we can beat, and they know that they could beat us. So I don’t know what to expect.
“Nobody in the dressing room has been talking about the former manager. All we want is to go to Aston Villa and hopefully get the three points to build on the last win.
“Everybody now has the confidence and the proof that we are a good side if we’re 100% and hopefully we can be on Saturday.
“I’m not at full fitness but I’m getting there. I’m feeling better and better game after game.”
To watch the full interview with Alex Tettey click here.