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Christoph Zimmermann: We are excited about the games ahead

4 April 2019

Christoph Zimmermann isn’t concerned about Norwich City feeling the pressure in the Sky Bet Championship run-in.

City currently lead the way in the table with seven games to play and Zimmermann says it’s important for the team to enjoy the position they are in.

“From a personal feeling and the feeling around the training ground, we are just enjoying the situation at the moment,” he said.

“It doesn’t seem to me like there is any extra pressure. I hope all the players feel the way I feel. The situation we’ve created is something we should enjoy.

“If we keep performing like we have done recently, we will get the benefits.”

Zimmermann was handed the captaincy for the win over Birmingham City back on January 18 and has worn the armband ever since.

“We know the circumstances why I’ve been lucky enough to wear the armband recently. Grant, Timm and Alex have all worn the armband and have been unfortunate with injuries.

“It’s been quite tough for them to get back into the team when you look at how well we’ve been doing.

“Of course, I’m happy and proud to have the armband. The first time was against Birmingham in January and as a team, we’ve done pretty well since that day.

“I’ve played okay so I think it [the captaincy] has made me feel a bit more comfortable and certainly helped to make my game better.”

City take on QPR this weekend at Carrow Road and Zimmermann says the recent departure of manager Steve McClaren could spur their opponents on.

“[The managerial departure] has definitely made the task harder. You know everybody will be switched on, awake and some new players might come in.

“You don’t know which players will be playing or what formation they will play. Everyone will be desperate to show who the manager will be for the next season that they should be the players he should play.

“For that, it definitely makes the task even harder.”

Zimmermann was speaking at a Community Sports Foundation event at Carrow Park on Thursday ahead of Community Day on Saturday for the QPR game at Carrow Road.

Help to spread the message ahead of Community Day by posting on social media, using the hashtags #NCFC and #BringaPoundtotheGround.

If you would like to donate but can’t make it on Saturday please visit the CSF website where you can donate online.


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