Norwegian star is Saturday’s featured playerPopular midfielder Alex Tettey is the main featured player interview in the latest issue of ‘On The Ball City’ for tomorrow’s Barclays Premier League match with Manchester City.
After an injury sustained the closing stages of City’s goalless draw with Cardiff City in October sidelined Tettey for almost three months, the all-action midfielder returned to the City squad for the recent Carrow Road victory over Hull City.
In his exclusive programme interview said he was now fully fit and raring to go.
“The ankle's very good; there's been no problems since the operation at all; the training period has been really good; I've trained really well so I'm very pleased with the reaction since I've come back.”
Tettey's injury set-back was doubly infuriating given that the 27-year-old was also ruled out for almost two months during the second half of last season with a knee injury.
“I'm a team player; I'm for the team; I work hard for the team. So when sometimes you watch the team, and they are having a difficult period, you feel like you want to help because it's your team and it's your team-mates.
“But when you're out there, you can get injured, – that's part of the game, and that's something I've grown up to accept nowadays – that I can get injured, and I don't have to be that frustrated about it.”
The recent form of Saturday’s opposition has been so impressive that some observers have even suggested they are currently the best team in the world. An impending Champions' League meeting with Barcelona will further test that theory, but at present Tettey does not discount the possibility of that fabled trophy 'quadruple' becoming a reality.
“With the way they are performing it's possible. I think if they can manage to stay away from a down period with injuries, and performance falling, I think they can.
“Yes, I think they're one of the best teams in the world at the moment, but I won't say they are the number one because there are other big teams doing well as well. But with the quality and the players they have they are definitely a very, very, very good team. They have midfielders scoring, they have right-backs, left-backs scoring; they have defenders scoring, they have attackers scoring – the whole team is scoring! It's very difficult to play against them; but it's a fun game to play as a player because you always want to play against the best players.”
Tettey is also convinced that the Canaries’ excellent win at the Etihad Stadium on the final day of last season gives them the belief that they can produce another impressive performance against the Citizens.
“It was a very good feeling going to City and winning on the last day of the season. I think again no one expected us to go there and win. People might say: 'Oh, they took it easy, it was the last game,' but it was a very good game and we played well, and again that's one of the performances we are always looking to rediscover nowadays. Having that in mind then of course we can win – so why not go out there and try?”
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