Norwich City defender Ivo Pinto knows what to expect from Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday
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Ivo Pinto is wary of Sheffield Wednesday's threat under wily Portuguese compatriot Carlos Carvalhal.
City return to Carrow Road on Saturday looking to build on a thumping 4-1 opening-day Championship win at Blackburn, but standing in their way is Carvalhal's highly-fancied Owls.
Wednesday missed out promotion in last season's play-off final but underlined they mean business again with a 1-0 home victory against Aston Villa.
Pinto came up against Carvalhal in Portuguese football, and the defender is impressed by his impact in Yorkshire after a long coaching career back home.
'Yes, I know the coach, he is Portuguese and they did well last season,' said Pinto. 'There are no easy games in this Championship. It will be a tough game for sure. All the teams have quality and are in good shape but if we are better than them we must show it on the field. We must be ready every week. If we want to go back to the Premier League we must be 120pc ready for each game.
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'Carrow Road is our home. We want to win in front of our supporters who are always behind us. It is amazing the way they are with us. At Blackburn they were with us and Carrow Road is always a great place to play and I am excited to get back there.'
Pinto, speaking to Norwich City TV, knows Alex Neil's men set the bar high following an emphatic first league win at Ewood Park.
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'It was great to start the season and the way we did it,' he said. 'All the boys were ready for the game and we showed it during the 90 minutes. I think we had the ball most of the time, we kept it well and used the spaces. When you start the season winning it is always easier. We have shown we want to win all the games.'