Alex Neil forced to raise his game against Premier League’s finest

Norwich manager Alex Neil is pitting his wits against some of the best in the business in the Premie

Norwich manager Alex Neil is pitting his wits against some of the best in the business in the Premier League. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City boss Alex Neil is having to raise his game to compete against Premier League rivals.

The 34-year-old Scot admits facing some of the best in the management game this season is a major challenge.

Neil will look to get the upper hand over experienced Italian Claudio Ranieri in this weekend's latest Carrow Road home league game against Leicester to build on City's positive start to life back in the top flight.

'You get posed a lot more questions, certainly tactically, at this level. It is a lot more challenging than the Championship,' he said.

'Most teams in that league set up relatively the same, it is not too dissimilar, formations might change a bit but how they operate isn't.

'The Premier League is a lot different, it is far more difficult from that point of view.

'I see that tactical side as one of the biggest facets of my job really, making sure that tactically we can cope with whatever is coming and that we can impose ourselves on the opposition.

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'It is a side I enjoy. It is a lot better being in the Premier League, in terms of preparation for games, particularly when you can focus on the opposition. 'You can't really do much in terms of focusing on the next one until the previous game is out of the way and at this level you have a lot more time with the lads on the training pitch during the week.'

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