Ivo Pinto ready for the challenge of facing Fulham hot shot Ryan Sessegnon
PUBLISHED: 19:48 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 19:54 29 March 2018
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Ivo Pinto is unfazed about trying to shackle one of English football's hottest prospects in Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon.
The 17-year-old was a team mate of James Maddison and Angus Gunn in midweek for England Under-21s, to illustrate his staggering career progression.
Sessegnon has scored 14 goals in the Cottagers’ Championship promotion push, and Pinto is set to be in the line of sight at Carrow Road.
“I don’t mind that challenge,” he said.
“I often say it is a team game. You can speak about him but you can also speak about (Aleksandar) Mitrovic and (Tom) Cairney. I think (Ryan) Fredericks is a very good full back. But the whole team have to work together.
“We won’t worry about one player.
“Fulham, in the second part of the season, have had an amazing run.
“The football they play, the speed they play at, you can tell they are in a good shape and at this moment you would have to say they are the best team. That is why it will be a tough game.”
Norwich could have a major say in the promotion stakes over the run in, with Aston Villa and Cardiff City also set to visit Norfolk.
“I would rather be in their position to be honest,” he said.
“We just want to compete, to win and give the fans at our stadium some joyful times.
“When you play the biggest teams, like Chelsea and Arsenal in the cup, it is a different feeling but we showed when we get everything together we can be a fantastic team.
“Fulham is a team in our league so we have to show them that we can be better.
“It is about us and our game. They like to have the ball, we love to have the ball and it is about getting the defensive and attacking parts right.”
Pinto’s return from a freak knee injury suffered climbing out of his car was interrupted by the international pause, but the City skipper can also see the upsides.
“Obviously to come back and then have the international break you want to play but we had some other lads who needed time to come back and now we are in a better position,” he said.
“This is the Championship now, with two games in a short period of time over Easter.”