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‘We don’t need to talk about what could have been’ – City defender fully focussed on beating Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 17:55 14 January 2020 | UPDATED: 18:08 14 January 2020

Christoph Zimmermann mades sure to thank the Norwich City fans who had travelled to Old Trafford 
Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Christoph Zimmermann mades sure to thank the Norwich City fans who had travelled to Old Trafford Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Let go of the frustration felt after defeat at Old Trafford – that’s the message from Norwich City defender Christoph Zimmermann as focus turns to beating Bournemouth.

The Canaries weren't able to pull off a shock win at Manchester United and find the spark for a survival push but the Canaries are determined to not let a defeat away to a Champions League chaser knock their belief of being able to pull off a great escape.

Daniel Farke's team are bottom of the Premier League and eight points adrift of safety after just one win in 17 games, as they prepare to host another of the clubs in the bottom three, a nose-diving Bournemouth team who have lost nine of their last 11.

"You can't expect to play away against the top sides and expect to win, but we're also not expecting to lose because we think if we're at our best then there are always opportunities to get something from the game," said Zimmermann.

"In the first half, if we were lucky, even though we didn't play well in the first half, we could have been sat in the dressing room with a draw and then the second half, it might have been possible.

"But we don't need to talk about what could have been. For us now it's important for us to deal with it, analyse it as quickly as possible and get it out of our heads because the next game is going to be a big one against Bournemouth at home and we have to prepare for that."

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Conceding four left Farke's team with the worst defensive record in the division of 45 goals against, leaving them with plenty to work on in training at Colney.

The centre-back, who turned 27 on Sunday, admits City sat too deep against United due to the rapid attacking threat of players including Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.

"We knew about their pace in the offence and that if they were in possession and playing chipped balls, we needed to be up for it," he continued.

"They are probably the strongest counter side in the league and sometimes probably we were too afraid of that and trying to prevent space in behind, and didn't get close enough and manage to keep the pitch narrow enough to interrupt them. We hardly got any pressure on the ball, we were probably just too afraid to get beaten in behind and therefore didn't really get into the battles."


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