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23 September 2016

Defender enjoying life with the Canaries ahead of Burton clash

TIMM Klose believes collective determination is the key component for Norwich City as they prepare to resume their Sky Bet Championship promotion push against Burton Albion on Saturday (3pm).

A run of four successive wins in all competitions has seen the Canaries rise to second in the table, in addition to securing a last 16 berth in the EFL Cup with a fine win at Everton earlier this week.

Responding to what drives City on ahead of hosting the Brewers, Klose told the media: "The most important thing is the team spirit.

"We have a lot of quality in our team but if you have no spirit you can't fight for each other. That's crucial for us and we need to keep together until the end.

"We have to keep this run going as long as possible. These games are crucial for us because we have to really concentrate on the pitch.

"Burton run and fight; we need to match that. Then, with our quality, we should be able to bring them down."

There was speculation surrounding the defender's future over the summer, but Klose says support from the fans towards the end of last season was a significant factor behind him wanting to stay at Carrow Road.

"I'm very happy here because myself and my fiancee settled really well," he explained.

"We couldn't ask for more here as we have everything we need. That's the most important thing.

The [Switzerland] national coach wanted me to be in a higher league but I was never in doubt about my decision. Norfolk is beautiful and we are very happy.

"After the final game of last season when we did the walk-around, I've never seen something like that before. Everyone was standing and applauding, which was an unbelievable feeling for me.

"You pick things like that up and try to give something back on the pitch. I don't see myself as better than anyone else so I'm not into being like that because that's not how I was raised.

"That's the way I live my life and I try to give back to our fans every week. That's just the way I am."

The 28-year-old is enjoying the relentless nature of England's second tier, and added: "As a footballer, playing a game every three days is the most perfect thing.

"For me it's fantastic to just play and play. I'm able to see a new league now which is so different to others that I've played in.

"It's helping me to improve my game because in the Championship you have to fight even more. You have to stand up and fight, run more than the others then bring your quality.

"I'm getting better and seeing what it takes to be a good defender in this league."

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