Norwich City players and supporters as one is Timm Klose’ recipe for Premier League survival
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Man of the moment Timm Klose has hailed the mutual belief of Norwich City's players and supporters – a force that can take them to Premier League survival.
The Switzerland centre-back has adjusted to English football seamlessly following his departure from Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
And in coming to terms with the Canaries' battle to secure their top-flight status for another season, Klose wants that driving force to be a mainstay of their run-in.
'It's not only the team that believes we can stay in this league – it's the supporters too,' said Klose. 'They do everything to push us in the games and that's really a fantastic feeling on the pitch, when you hear the crowd around you cheering and pushing you forward to bring your best performance.
'It's fantastic when you have supporters like this behind you, that push you and try everything for you in the game. They believe in us, we believe in us and the whole of Norfolk believes in us – there is no doubt about that.
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'I thought even before the last three games, we did a pretty good job. We maybe just didn't have some luck. Against Chelsea and Leicester, the performances were fantastic but we couldn't score and that killed us sometimes.
'But now the luck is on our side we have to keep it on our side, work hard during the week and stay positive as a team, and bring this team spirit with our supporters together – then we can manage everything and manage to stay up.'
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Klose's £7.5m move from Germany remains one of City's biggest transfer outlays in the club's history, although that does little to stir the Swiss star.
'When you see the TV money they get, all the Premier League clubs, it wasn't that much maybe, no?' Klose laughed. 'But of course they bought me for quite a lot of money and I just try to give something back. I will try this every week – that's the only thing I can do.
'I try to help the team as much as I can and the team gives me the support back. And that's what I need. If there are players who talk to me positively, then I'm positive as well. So I just try to bring the best performance for the team.'
Talk of a three-team survival mini-league has been rather muddied by Crystal Palace's slide down the table – Alan Pardew's side is winless in the league since December, and welcomes Norwich City to Selhurst Park on Saturday.
'I wouldn't play football if I didn't believe in such things,' smiled Klose, on the subject of catching the Eagles.
'There are still a few games to come and we need to take as many points as we can out of those as well.'
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