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Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Sebastien Bassong is not unduly worried about Norwich City’s early season away form – but certainly acknowledged the qualities of Tottenham Hotspur new man Christian Eriksen.
Having gone down to defeat at 10-man Hull, City were helpless in stopping a dominant Spurs side that on this evidence can push every team in the top flight this term.
“The first one was I think more disappointing than this one,” said Bassong. “At Hull it was real disappointment and here we knew what we were going to face. It was a tough game against a side with top, top players. So I think we could’ve done better, especially in the first – but sometimes that’s how it is.
“We knew they had big offensive threats and I was doing clearances and running hard but it was the same as the whole team.
“I don’t think there’s an issue with us away from home. We just need to move on to the next game.”
As for Spurs’ 21-year-old debutant, it seems likely their new Danish favourite will worry plenty more teams than Norwich this term.
“He plays really simply, his touches and his vision,” admired Bassong of the £11.5m signing from Ajax – who had been linked with Liverpool and AC Milan.
“He knows where to put himself, floating between the lines. And as soon as he gets the ball he is a threat, he is a top-quality player and it’s hard to know whether to follow him as he can make the difference as soon as he gets the ball, in a split second. That is how top players are.
“He sees the right pass at the right moment. He’s moving well, he’s always in between so he is hard to catch up.”
Chris Hughton admitted Norwich’s soft centre again contributed to their downfall as Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a 5-1 Premier League win on Wednesday night at Anfield.