Todd Cantwell felt City will learn lessons from the 4-1 defeat to Atalanta at Carrow Road.
Cantwell impressed in the No.10 role and put City ahead on 16 minutes, which was deserved reward for a very bright opening half from the Canaries. But Atalanta showed their Champions League class in the second half to run out comfortable winners in City’s penultimate pre-season game.
“It was a reasonably good performance,” says Cantwell. “I think we started the game well and for large parts of the first half I thought we were the better team and created a lot of chances. But they’re a good outfit, they’ve qualified for the Champions League this season and you can see that in the way they play and the way they press.
“All in all I don’t think we can beat ourselves up too much about it, and all in all I thought it was a reasonably good performance.”
Atalanta finished third in Serie A last season, but struggled to get to grips with Norwich’s attacking threat in the first half.
“I thought we could have been two or three goals up early on, and then the game would have looked completely different,” says Cantwell. “You have to take the positives in these sorts of games, and we can’t beat ourselves up too much but at the same time the boys have got high standards.”
Cantwell was instrumental in the No.10 role, and tucked away his first goal of pre-season after a clever pass from Moritz Leitner.
“It’s a nice feeling to hit the back of the net, even though it’s a pre-season game,” says Cantwell. “It gives you a bit of momentum personally but obviously it’s a shame we lost. I think I’ve had a relatively good pre-season, as has the team. I think we’ve all got ourselves to a good fitness level and we’ve shown a lot of positives.”
Looking ahead to Saturday’s final pre-season match against Toulouse, Cantwell says City are keen to put in a good performance before the Premier League opener against Liverpool at Anfield.
“Momentum is the key thing, but like I said we can’t beat ourselves up too much tonight, but we will want to put in a good performance against Toulouse and put ourselves in good stead heading into the first game of the season. Everyone’s self-confident in what we can achieve.”