Although the scoreline wasn’t as emphatic as the stats would have suggested, Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Norwich City was a very comfortable one and while Gylfi Sigurdsson’s brace sealed the points, Christian Eriksen’s debut in a Lilywhite shirt was an impressive one and at £12m, the former Ajax man is already looking like the bargain buy of the season.
After the game, head coach Andre Villas-Boas hailed our passing and pressing game which saw a tired Norwich clinging on at 2-0 in the second period.
“We had to be patient and move the ball well and we did it so fast, so quickly that it really made the difference,” AVB said on the club’s official website.
“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.”
Andre also praised the defence as key to a solid overall display.
“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,” he added.
“We controlled the set-plays as well, so overall, it was perfect. There were many positives for us.”
The win puts us second in the early Premiership table and after Thursday’s home Europa League game with Tromso, we face a trip to Cardiff on Sunday.