Saturday 7 December 2019

Alex Neil relishing trip to face Leicester

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is looking forward to the tough trip to Leicester
Norwich City manager Alex Neil is looking forward to the tough trip to Leicester

Norwich manager Alex Neil is looking forward to the test his side will face when they travel to leaders Leicester in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The Foxes lost to Arsenal in their last Premier League game and Neil knows that they will be wanting to get back to winning ways to help their title bid.

He said: "I think they will be hurting after Arsenal and they will be targeting games like these to keep their title run going.

"The one thing about Leicester is they are good at what they do.

"They are an efficient team and they have a few individuals who have had a fantastic season for them.

"We need to make sure we battle against that and show ourselves in the game.

"Both teams have got a real requirement for the three points for very different reasons so it should make for a good game.

"With the season Leicester have had I don't see them being down (after losing at Arsenal).

"I think they have done incredibly well, it has been unbelievable.

"They have struck upon a way they are comfortable playing and they have had players who have made differences in crucial games."

Neil added: ""There have been teams in the league that have got points off them, we have been watching a lot of footage of teams who have played against them this season to see how they went about it.

"We have a plan so we will see how it goes."

Norwich are one place above the relegation zone on goal difference and Neil knows that the remaining games are going to be difficult but he is pleased at how the players are reacting to the challenge.

He said: "The one thing we have had is that everyone is together, everyone is fighting for the same cause which when you are having a difficult season is really pleasing and a source of strength in the remaining games.

"The games vary that much, to try and get yourself ready for games is a test.

"We have a lot of work to do before the end and if we can stay up, whether it is by a point or a goal, then I think that will be seen as a successful season by us.

"Over these next 12 games we have to try and attack it and hope that it is going to be enough."

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