Date: 8th July 2013 at 8:20am
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Paul Lambert has said the team will be in for a ‘tough week’ in Germany as he wants them fit, sharp and raring to go come the season opener.

Speaking to the Official Site as we hit Germany for a training camp and three friendlies against SV Rodinghausen, SC Paderborn and VfL Bochum, Lambert says it’s a case of work, work and then more work for the players.

‘We’ve headed to Germany and it will be extremely tough, especially if the weather gets the way it could go. There will be three difficult games out there too, but the priority for us is to work. It’s not a resort where you think the lads go to enjoy themselves.’

Lambert says that the only downside to a good, tough pre season training schedule is the risk of injury as that interupts everything, but not only will the players be drilled fit, he wants to get them working to a way of playing from day one this season so we are ready for that first game where everybody knows the plan, the systems and can more easily adjust to any tweaks he makes for the opposition.

Personally I’m pleased he’s commented on that aspect as many Norwich fans said how he tinkered during games when things weren’t going for them, and we really didn’t see much of that last season – if anything changes and subs were usually too late to be of much benefit – but you have to be fair there in that Lambert really only found his ‘best’ XI to suit what he wanted very late in the season and that no doubt also played a part in our minature ‘great escape’.

Now he has the basis of every player, and they already have an idea on what he wants ‘style’ wise, they should be able to adapt more easily and equally, he’ll be able to play on the pitch with far more confidence and conviction than he could do last term.

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