Javier Garrido impressed by Norwich City’s quality

Norwich City's on loan Spanish defender Javier Garrido is convinced the Canaries have enough quality to flourish in the Premier League this season.

The 27-year-old has operated at the top level in his homeland, Italy and a three-year stint at reigning champions Manchester City prior to joining Lazio.

Garrido is pushing hard to make his home debut against QPR tomorrow and the left-back insisted yesterday his first impressions have remained positive following the club's opening day reverse at Fulham.

'The first game in the league wasn't a great start for the team. I think that we've got more quality to show in the next few games,' he said. 'We have to look at the mistakes we made and put them right against Queen's Park Rangers. I think the team is working hard to put the mistakes right.

'I think everyone is training hard to show the manager they are ready to play. There are a lot of quality players.

'Obviously, after watching the last game something went wrong, but my first impressions are that everyone works hard and wants to improve. That's great for the manager.'

Garrido may have spent two seasons in Serie A, but he believes his game to better suited to the rigours of the Premier League.

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'The football is completely different here. It is much faster and stronger,' he said. 'It is much slower and more tactical over in Italy. For a player of my characteristics I think I will enjoy it more in the Premier League. I like to go forward but here I will have to make the right decisions when to get forward.

'I am defender so that main priority is to defend well. I am ready to play, whatever the manager decides. Obviously that's the gaffer's decision. I feel okay so if he gives me the opportunity I am ready. I played a few games at Lazio under the new manager. We trained hard and I think I got some good preparation behind me, but it's another league and I need to know more about my team-mates. Every day that I have been here we are getting better and to know each other.'

Garrido revealed he was a man in demand after deciding to cut his ties in Rome after featuring 21 times for Lazio following a �2.75m move from the north-west in 2010, but Norwich's concerted pursuit impressed the well-travelled left-back.

'My agent told me there were other teams, but Norwich were the main one that wanted me to come here,' he said. 'For a player that's really important, when you feel that a club wants you.

'It's easy to come and try your best for that club. It was a great opportunity for me to come back and play games. I think Norwich did really well last year. I didn't know the city but I have been walking around and really enjoying it here. The facilities in this club are great so everyone has made me feel very welcome.'

Garrido still has plenty of friends in Manchester, but with the Canaries scheduled to head north for the Premier League finale next May, the defender is banking on that trip proving to be anything but a stressful reunion. 'I don't think we have to arrive at that point. Hopefully we will be safe,' he said. 'It will be great to play against them again. Man City have been through so many years without winning anything so now they have everything – good players, good facilities and the money.

'If you've got that it makes it easier to win. They have changed a lot but there are still players that are still there. Pablo Zabaleta, Vincent Kompany, Joe Hart, Micah Richards.'

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