Roberto Soldado praised Christian Eriksen on his contribution to Spurs’ win over Norwich yesterday. The Spanish international was quoted in the Telegraph saying,
Tottenham’s win over Norwich was well received with much praise for Christian Eriksen and also for Spurs’ all-round team performance.
He is a brilliant player. It’s incredible that he has got up to this level already in his first game in English football. It’s great for him, for the team. He is a player who is capable of improving all of us.
Andre Villas-Boas was also appreciative of Eriksen’s part in the team’s success at White Hart Lane. He said that the Danish star had played extremely well and at such a young age he was very experienced and sound tactically allowing Spurs to link up the play against Norwich.
Opposition manager, Chris Hughton, suggested Tottenham’s squad was capable of mounting a title challenge and on Eriksen he commented,
I have seen a lot of Eriksen and he will be a real star here. He is a very good player, if you look at his record for a lad of 21 he must have nearly 40 caps for Denmark. He is almost an experienced young player and he is just very, very good.
AVB was pleased with the way the team came together with such a performance after the international break. Speaking on the BBC Sport website, he described Sigurdsson’s second goal early in the second half as bringing “immense tranquility” to the team. He also highlighted a number of factors on how the team had worked as a unit to ensure the win.
Commenting on the Spurs website, the Head Coach was pleased with:
The football the team played, passing the ball well and quickly.
Certainly, there was a greater urgency in Spurs play all around the pitch, with more players getting forward in support of Soldado and putting pressure on the Norwich defence. At times, such was the Spurs dominance of possession and territorially that Norwich resorted to just hoofing the ball clear to get a moment’s respite.
…our defence stood up to press really high, so we managed to recover every single ball straight away, so we never allowed them to be in a position to threaten us.
Michael Dawson and Jan Vertonghen played much of the game on the half-way line and dealt quickly and effectively with any Norwich clearance, stepping forward to claim the ball, returning possession to the midfield players and if that wasn’t an option the central defenders took the chance to push forward themselves. It denied Norwich the opportunity to break quickly and unusually for Spurs there wasn’t a time in the match when they were pushed back and were unable to regain the momentum.
With 68% possession and 23 shots, 7 on target, Tottenham’s dominance was almost complete. They had 7 corners and committed only 2 fouls. Norwich offered next to no threat during the game. They had 4 shots with only 1 on target, 1 corner and in their efforts to stop Spurs committed 12 fouls with 3 yellow cards. Only Hugo Lloris who had his quietest game in a Spurs shirt was booked when he was outside his area when punching the ball clear.
Speaking to Gary Lineker for BBC’s Match of the Day AVB said that Spurs were now stronger than last season with “more quality in depth”.