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NEIL ADAMS ON… FIVE TALKING POINTS AHEAD OF DEREHAM

10 July 2014

City’s boss speaks to Norwich City TV before Saturday’s opening friendly

NEIL ADAMS ON...

… WHAT’S TO BE GAINED THIS WEEKEND

“Match fitness really. The players have worked really hard in training so far, and I’ve been really pleased with that, as I’ve said previously. It’s now about getting match minutes under their belts. Most of the players will play 45 minutes at Dereham; we’ll take a large group of players, and then it’s a case of getting the first minutes under their belts. It’s similar at Braintree on Tuesday, and then obviously we go to Italy where we’ll probably be using more players for longer in games. These first two will be run-outs for the players to get them up and running.”

… THE SHAPE OF HIS SQUAD
“There’s nothing too serious; there’s obviously a few aches and pains, and I think that’s a good thing really. You don’t want them to be completely normal because then you’re not pushing them hard enough. We’ve got to monitor how hard we work them so we get them all fit, so we’ll have a look at them today and Friday, and barring anything too serious so that we won’t risk anybody, hopefully we get most of them out there.”
 


… THE IMPORTANCE OF LOCAL FRIENDLIES

“I think it’s good to have them. It helps support the local clubs, because they’ll be a good few people there to watch it who will want to have their first look at the new Norwich City squad and the new players, and there will be Dereham supporters who’ll want to see how their team can fare against us. You want to win the game. Of course it’s about getting fitness, but you want to win every game.”

… CONFIRMATION OF THE ITALY TOUR
“We’re playing two Serie B and a French Ligue 1 team, so it will be a really good test out there, the nine days we’re there, and it’s a vitally important part of the pre-season preparations – we talked about team-bonding at St George’s Park, and we’ll get the same out in Italy, albeit this time with three very competitive games.”

… THE NETHERLANDS’ AND LEROY FER’S WORLD CUP EXIT
“Leroy would have been doubly disappointed with his injury too. Whether or not he was ready if needs be, only they would know out there but obviously we’ve got our physio monitoring the situation. We’re disappointed for Leroy because it would have been fantastic to have a Norwich City player maybe involved in a World Cup final.”


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