Spurs 2-0 Norwich - Andre's verdict
14 September 2013|Tottenham Hotspur
Andre Villas-Boas pinpointed our passing and pressing game as the key to a commanding display and 2-0 victory over Norwich City on Saturday.
Gylfi Sigurdsson capped a fine display with both goals as we made it three wins in four at the start of the Premier League campaign.
The Iceland midfielder showed great poise in latching onto debutant Christian Eriksen’s pass to open the scoring on 28 minutes and it was 2-0 four minutes into the second half as he tapped home Paulinho’s cross.
The lads were in control from start to finish with stats of 69.3 per cent possession and a 23-5 count of efforts on goal in our favour underlining that dominance.
“I’m very happy for the team,” said Andre. “I’m even happier because of the football we played, especially after an international break, which is always difficult.
“We knew that Norwich would sit back and wait for the counter-attack, they do it so well and did it against Everton (first game of season) to nick a point.
“We had to be patient and move the ball well and we did it so fast, so quickly that it really made the difference.
“In the end, in 45 minutes, we managed to make Norwich exhausted physically and they couldn’t really cope with our quality out there.”
So what was the key to that style of performance? “First of all, the quality of the players to understand which pass is most important, they linked up very well to create so many chances,” added Andre.
“Also, 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.
“We controlled the set-plays as well, so overall, it was perfect. There were many positives for us.”