Three wins and three clean sheets from four friendlies this week have left spirits high in the Norwich City dressing room.
Alexander Tettey, who featured in the first of Saturday’s friendlies against SV Darmstadt 98, was pleased with what he saw overall.
“We had two good teams out there in terms of our performances,” he said. “It’s sad that we couldn’t get any goals in the second goal, but overall we’ve done well in the two games.
“It’s always good for the strikers to have some goals - that’s what they live by. For Przemyslaw to start scoring is very important for us as well. Jordan also scored in the last game, so all the strikers and new guys are doing well. It looks like a good team with a lot of competition, so that’s very good.
“Teemu’s goals are crucial for us. Now, he’ll be heading to the national team and he’s used to scoring there, so hopefully if he does he’ll come back for his first game with us in a brilliant situation.”
There’s always room for improvement, of course, and the Canaries will be slightly irritated with the two goals conceded towards the end of their 3-2 win on Saturday morning.
“When you play 90 minutes, there will always be some spells when you’re pressing isn’t great compared to how it was in the first half,” Tettey said. “In the second half, we were comfortable at 3-0 but small, tiny situations made them get two goals. That’s what happens in pre-season when it’s your first 90 minutes and your legs are a bit heavy. You make small decisions that aren’t great, but overall we looked good.
“It’s been a great week. The new faces have come in and settled in really well. The spirit in the group is great, people are working, happy to be here and ready to go. We’ve made a lot of great signings, so fingers crossed everything goes well into the season for the whole season and we finish where we want to finish.”
Next up is a trip to Luton Town for our first competitive game of the season - a Carabao Cup tie at Kenilworth Road. With a large chunk of the City squad missing through international duty, Tettey sees the game as a great opportunity for those involved to stake their claim.
“We want to keep winning games, regardless of if we’re missing 15 players,” he said. “Whoever is there to play has a chance to do well and that’s what the manager will be looking for. If you get selected and don’t play well, imagine 15 internationals coming back! You might need to wait a couple of months before the next chance, so we’ll be heading into that game ready to go.”