Norwich City ace Alex Tettey treating Wembley clash like World Cup final

NCFC play-off press conference. Alex Tettey. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

NCFC play-off press conference. Alex Tettey. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Alex Tettey has played in some of Europe's most famous stadiums, in both club and international football, but Monday's play-off final will be the biggest occasion of the midfielder's career so far.

The 29-year-old has played away matches in the Champions League against Real Madrid, Valencia, Lyon and Celtic while with Rosenborg and was an unused substitute for Norway in a friendly against England at Wembley at the start of this season.

The combative Canaries star looks certain to make up for that narrow miss at the famous stadium in Monday's Championship play-off final against Middlesbrough – and is eyeing the best moment of his career.

'For me it would be a very, very proud moment for me if we manage to make that happen,' Tettey said of the prospect of winning promotion back to the Premier League.

'I haven't played a play-off final before so for me it will be like playing in a World Cup and winning the final, that is how it's going to be for me.'


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Tettey also played Europa League football with French club Rennes, before two seasons in the Premier League with City, so is confident he will be able to keep his nerves in check ahead of the big occasion.

'I'm as prepared as best I can be but in this moment you cannot be nervous, not nervous to kick the ball or the pass the ball, you can't be nervous because of what is at stake,' he added.

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'For me I will treat it as a normal game because I have played in games like against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu.

'So I will be ready for this game, I don't think the crowd or the surroundings will get to me.'

For much more from Tettey ahead of the big match, see today's Eastern Daily Press or Norwich Evening News.

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