‘Sometimes you forget where people have come from’ – City star offers his solidarity to team-mate
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Timm Klose knows exactly what his Norwich City team-mate Christoph Zimmermann would have felt against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough – and knows he'll be better for it.
Zimmermann had a tough final afternoon poor back-pass contributed to Norwich City's 5-1 thrashing at Sheffield Wednesday; the last act of an erratic Championship campaign – and yet, the German centre-back's season in general was well received.
Klose experienced similarly tough moments on his debut Championship campaign following the Canaries' Premier League relegation, and his response this term made him one of Daniel Farke's most consistent and reliable performers.
'You think he wanted to do it on purpose? No chance,' said Klose. 'And especially for him as well, sometimes in football you forget where people have come from.
'He came from the fourth tier of German football and he has played an unbelievable season, for me. He was brilliant.
'Of course you have a few games where you struggle maybe, but it's a good process for him to get to the next level – and I think you will see only the bad thing because the bad thing will stick in your brain.
'But if you see it overall, I have to say Zimbo did amazingly for the club. He always gives 100pc and games like this, ask me about last season here at Hillsborough or last season at Brighton.
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'I was making the same mistakes and it's just how you get up and present yourself in the end. That's the learning experience.'
While Klose was visibly annoyed at City's season ending in such forlorn fashion, he wasn't about to dig out any of his team-mates – regardless of how anyone viewed City's last game of the season and forthcoming summer of change.
'I don't want to go and criticise single players,' added Klose. 'It's a team that plays together and of course, when a team doesn't perform well then we are all in the same boat. If we play like that, we don't deserve to win – as a team. Not because a single player isn't playing well or this and that.
'It's not up to one guy, it's up to the whole team – from the bench to all the staff. The whole thing.'
Only Angus Gunn and James Maddison played more minutes of Championship action for City this season, than Klose – while only James Maddison (14), Nelson Oliveira (8) and Josh Murphy (7) scored more than Klose's four league goals.
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