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Christoph Zimmermann keen to learn from defensive colleagues

8 August 2018

Christoph Zimmermann isn't worried about the current competition for places in defence for Norwich City and says he's happy to learn from his centre-back colleagues.

Zimmermann was an unused substitute in City's opening day 2-2 draw with Birmingham City at St. Andrews, with Timm Klose and captain Grant Hanley occuying the central defensive positions.

But the towering centre-back said he is relishing the battle for places as he aims to learn from his first season in England. 

"Timm and Grant are very good players and they play in my position as well," said Zimmermann, speaking at the latest Community Sports Foundation's Summer Soccer School at Carrow Park

"It's never a drama if they are playing and I'm not so I won't get mad about it. Grant is a Scottish international and Timm is a Swiss international.

"We have very good quality in those positions so I can just say I'm happy when I'm on the pitch and I'll try my best to help the squad.

"Even when we play three at the back, I'm also happy with that. Playing with both of them is important for me because I can still learn things from them.

"They helped me a lot last season to settle in and get used to this league so I'm happy to be in the same team because I can profit from them a lot."

Zimmermann was a keen spectator from the sidelines at the weekend in the west Midlands and felt City should be pleased to take a point, considering the timing of Onel Hernandez's second equaliser.

"In the end, you think: 'okay we equalised twice' so you could be happy and the 2-2 was in the 93rd/94th minute. 

"But if you see the development of the game, we should have scored in the first-half and we should have scored just before they scored.

"The game would have become a bit different because Birmingham were defending very well so if you score one, sooner or later they would have opened up and you get more space. 

"Even after the [first] equaliser we had another chance to take the lead. So I think [in terms of] possession and statistics, we were the better side in that game but if you do not take your chances, even 95% possession wouldn't have helped us.

"I think we would have wished to take a bit more from this game but in the end, if you are still down 2-1 in injury time you have to take the point and be happy with it."

Zimmermann was hugely impressive in his first season in English football with his commanding performances from the back on a regular basis.

But he hopes he can continue to improve this season, as well as helping the team to much better fortunes.

"I hope that the team is doing well, first of all, and that we are having better success than last year.

"On personal terms, I'd be happy to have similar time or minutes on the pitch like last season because I played quite a lot, which was unexpected for everybody.

"From the experiences that I've made, I had some very good games last season but also some where my performance was quite poor.

"So I hope to learn from that and have more consistency."


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