‘We are fighting for them’ – Points mean prizes for Norwich City’s midfield maestro

PUBLISHED: 17:33 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:33 20 August 2019

Moritz Leitner played a starring role as Norwich City beat Newcastle 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Moritz Leitner played a starring role as Norwich City beat Newcastle Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Midfield maestro Moritz Leitner is determined to help Norwich City pick up more Premier League points.

The 26-year-old played a starring role as Newcastle were beaten 3-1 at Carrow Road, after returning to Daniel Farke's starting XI, and was thrilled to remind the Carrow Road faithful of his top-level ability.

"We always have to work hard, especially in our first home game we wanted to show our supporters that we are here and we are fighting for them - not to just put in a good performance, to win, we want to get points in every game," the German said.

"The first game at Liverpool, maybe we had some good scenes and also played some nice football but we stood there with nothing.

"We stand (after the Newcastle game) with three points and that's why we play football."

It was only a second start for the former Borussia Dortmund man since injuring ankle ligaments last December, having impressed as a substitute during the 4-1 loss at Liverpool.

He continued: "Of course I always want to help the team, I want to play and the coach trusts me and I did alright, we won the game.

"I want to help the team in every game but the boss has to decide this."

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Teemu Pukki's hat-trick earned the three points and although Leitner was thrilled for his team-mate, he was keen to stress the efforts of the whole team.

"Well done, Teemu, of course he is fantastic, he scored three times," he added. "I think it is not only him, the whole team and how we worked. And even Teemu, it was not only his goals, it was how he worked and how he worked back - he is our first defender.

"I think he did an amazing job but I think all the lads did an amazing job."

The former Germany Under-21 captain was also seriously impressed with the Carrow Road atmosphere. Speaking to City's official Youtube channel, ahead of Saturday's home clash with Chelsea, Leitner concluded: "They were even better than us! It was fantastic, we have to say a big, big thank you. But I like the pressure to be high, so I would like this in each and every home game.

"We are fighting for them, to get the right result, and I hope they celebrate in each and every home game like this."

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