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26 February 2016

City go up against the league leaders

ALEX Neil thinks Norwich can go toe-to-toe with table-toppers Leicester City when they meet at the King Power Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

This weekend's hosts have had a sensational season that sees them occupy the Premier League summit - after being bottom of the table at the point in 2015.

Assessing his team's chances while speaking to Norwich City TV on Friday, Neil pointed to how competitive the Canaries were in the narrow 2-1 loss in the reverse fixture at Carrow Road last October.

He said: "We've watched a lot of Leicester and they're very direct. They're good at what they do and they're an efficient team.

"We've got to make sure that we counteract that by doing what we're good at. The game at home finished 2-1 to Leicester but we hit the bar with about ten minutes to go and we had all the pressure towards the end.

"Hopefully we can go there and put in a good performance, and there's no reason why if we play at our maximum, we can't get a result."

Alex Neil: "We need to win games - that's the bottom line. We're going to go out and attack and play with freedom and that's our strength."

— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) February 26, 2016
Neil and his players embarked on a five-day trip to Abu Dhabi after their 2-2 draw with West Ham a fortnight ago, and he says it was opportunity for the group to refresh ahead of the final third of the campaign.

"It was for the players to try and alleviate themselves from the pressures of the Premier League," he explained.

"There's a lot of pressure on these boys to perform because everybody connected with Norwich wants them to do well.

"It was good for a week to get away and do a bit of training in a different environment, and now they can completely focus on the remaning 12 games."

Looking ahead to City's run-in, Neil commented: "After the Man City game later this month, we've got a group of matches that are going to be really important.

"In between then, we've got four big matches that we need to take points from and that starts on Saturday.

"If we can pick points up, then we can go into this bulk of games with good points on the board and in a healthy position."

For the latest team news ahead of the Leicester City game on Saturday, click HERE.

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