Left-back ahead of Swansea visit
CANARIES full-back Javier Garrido says the team knows what it takes to beat Swansea City at Carrow Road on Saturday afternoon.
The 28-year-old was part of the City team that memorably won 4-3 against the Welsh side back in December, and the Spaniard believes that they should be able to achieve a similar result on home turf this weekend if they approach the fixture in the correct manner.
“The mentality has to be to go and win, that’s the main thing,” said Garrido when speaking at Thursday’s press conference.
“You can start thinking about the draw – a point is a point, but at home against Swansea, I think we can win if we do the things that we have to do.
“From the first minute we need to show, and our fans want to know, that we want to be at the top and that means being here in the Premier League next season.
“Norwich’s mentality has always been good – we try and do everything to be the best that we can. In general the team is confident about the situation we are in.”
Two of Swansea’s standout performers this season have been Garrido’s fellow countrymen Michu and Pablo Hernandez, and the loan defender from Lazio has been impressed with their impact in English football.
“Michu has been brilliant for Swansea, and Hernandez has got ability on the ball - he’s a good player who is difficult to mark,” he added.
“They have good individuals and they play good football. They’ve done it for a while, back to when Roberto Martinez was there.
“They won the League Cup which is important for them, and now they are in a comfortable position in the table. They don’t need the points as much as we do but I am pretty sure they will come here to show what they can do.”
On his own future, Garrido says that he’d be happy to stay beyond the expiry of his loan deal but any agreement will have to be spoken about after the season’s conclusion.
“I’ve said many times that I feel so comfortable here, and my main thing is to stay here as long as I can,” he explained.
“We have to wait to see how Norwich City finish this season, but personally I would love to stay here because I’m happy.”