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Marco Stiepermann: I'm at the best point of my career so far

21 February 2019

Marco Stiepermann spoke about the natural development of his relationship with striker Teemu Pukki ahead of Saturdays game against Bristol, with the pair responsible for 27 league goals and 11 assists so far this season.

Stiepermann and Pukki both scored in City’s 4-0 win over Bolton last Saturday, and provided crucial balls to help each other hit the back of the net.

Stiepermann said: “Sometimes you feel in a game that if you work together with a guy it just works. He knows where he has to run, he knows when I can give him the pass and it just works. On the pitch and also at the training ground we are always good together, and I think that’s special.

“At Bolton I knew that he would get me the pass, I don’t know why but I knew I had to be there and quick in that situation and I waited for the pass and he gave it to me.”

Norwich are back in action at Carrow Road on Saturday taking on sixth placed Bristol City as they look to pick up another three points. And Stiepermann said they know they have a tough task ahead.

“I think we are the favourites in this game because are top of the league and we are playing at home, but they are a team which has a lot of confidence and they haven’t lost their last 13 games," he said. "It will be really tough for us, but we are top of the league and our target is to win this game.

“There are 13 games to go and for us it’s really important to just look from game to game. That’s the way we want to go and that is what we have done so far, and I think it’s the only way it will work.”

Last season Stiepermann featured for City in the left-back role, but has enjoyed success this season as an attacking midfielder. 

He said: “I think I’m at the best point of my career so far. I’m 28 now and I think that’s also the best football age, so I am really happy about it. I think I still can improve scoring goals and giving more assists and I am trying to do that now.

“I think many players sometimes need a year to settle in. I needed that year and it was good to have this year to learn the language and to know how the football works here and I think now I am playing good football because I had that.”

Stiepermann said the team doesn't feel any pressure sitting at the top of the league and want to enjoy their remaining games this season. He also explained the reason for devoting Saturday's goal celebration to teammate Timm Klose.

He said: “Timm said to me if you score a goal make a celebration for me. We like to have fun and it shows that the players who are not playing are also happy to be there with us.”

Stiepermann spoke to canaries.co.uk during today’s signing session at the Canaries Official store in Chapelfield and was delighted to see so many fans queuing up to meet him and Tom Trybull.

“It's always good to spend time with the fans, especially when you are on such a good run it makes it even more fun,” he said.

“It’s a really good sign for us of how good we are doing at the moment. To be top of the league is a really good thing and that shows with how many people came today.”


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