Timm Klose is up for the fight at Norwich City
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Timm Klose is ready for the rough and tumble of the Premier League as he prepares for his Norwich City debut.
Klose forged a reputation in Germany as a cultured ball-playing centre-back, but the 27-year-old is braced for a physical introduction to the English top flight.
The Swiss international sat out last weekend's 5-4 defeat to Liverpool but is poised to feature against Tottenham at Carrow Road following his move from Champions League hopefuls Wolfsburg.
'I think it is going to be very intense. The guys work really well with their bodies here. I want to fight against them and to take the ball away and be the better player in the end,' he said. 'Germany is a little bit more tactical and stuff. I watched the Liverpool and Manchester United game recently and it was up and down, running a lot, fighting a lot, maybe sometimes that is a little bit different to Germany.
'We played against some good teams from the Premier League. I remember playing against Everton and they had Romelu Lukaku, who is a machine, and I am really looking forward to these tests to prove I am a good defender. I want to help the team so we can pick up a lot of points to stay in the league. I don't want to be part of a defence that concedes goals. That is the biggest thing for me as a defender. The first thing I must do is defend the goal.'
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Klose has been impressed by his new City team mates, after being officially unveiled ahead of that Reds' defeat alongside Steven Naismith.
'When I first heard of the signing of Steven I was really happy because I played against him and I watched some games when he scored some goals and he was always a good player, fighting and running,' he said. 'I like that. I want to give everything on the pitch. We have a lot of good quality in the team. When I first joined them for training they showed me some good sides. I needed to raise my game quickly because they were doing a great job and I was surprised at first. I know they have really good quality here so I am sure we can do a lot of points if we work like a team.
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'I had other options in Germany, which were quite good, but I was in a big club so there wasn't really the opportunity for me. I always wanted to play in the Premier League and in the end I had some good talks with the coach and some other guys around the club here. In the end it was an easy decision for me. It is a dream come true to be in the Premier League.'