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Tim Krul: We should relish festive period

13 December 2019

Tim Krul says Norwich City should relish the upcoming festive period, with the team set for six games in three weeks.

City face Leicester City, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa, Tottenham Hotspur, Crystal Palace and Preston North End (FA Cup third round) in a jam-packed Christmas schedule.

However, Krul - a seasoned professional with plenty of experience of English football's hectic December and New Year - believes the Canaries should be excited about the upcoming spell.

"My family knows that December is the hardest month for us," he said. "You need to put everything into this month because it’s going to be draining mentally and physically.

"But it’s a period to look forward to as well. We have some massive games to look forward to, Boxing Day at Aston Villa and then Tottenham two days later and Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.

"It’s my second time in the Premier League now and I’m enjoying it so much more. I really appreciate every game, I’m not taking anything for granted anymore. That’s what I’m trying to tell the other lads who haven’t been here before.

"The magnitude of these games is so great and you cannot take them for granted, you must thrive on it."

Krul is enjoying his best spell in a Norwich shirt, having picked up the past two Falcon Cranes Player of the Month awards in October and November.

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The 31-year-old has kept two clean sheets this season and memorably saved two penalties in a defeat to Manchester United on October 27.

"I’m obviously busier than I was last year," he admitted. "The emphasis was on the attacking play last season but this year, it’s a bit more the other way.

"We’re under the cosh a bit more so I’m able to show my qualities more often and I’m pleased that I’m important for the team and I’m buzzing that I’ve been able to show that.

"Not everyone had seen the full qualities that I’ve got [last season] so it’s nice that I’m able to contribute even more to this club. My aim is to get the club as high as possible.

Looking ahead to the weekend's trip to Leicester, Krul said: "They have a great manager in Brendan Rodgers and some top, top players. [Jamie] Vardy hasn’t stopped, has he?

"He’s a massive threat and he has some talented players in behind him. It’s a great task and we’re looking forward to it. Hopefully we can defy the odds."

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