Paul Lambert concentrating only on Norwich City
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert insists taking on Tottenham's array of attacking stars holds no fears for his side at Carrow Road this evening.
Harry Redknapp's side were in scintillating form for the first 20 minutes against Chelsea and in Gareth Bale they have one of the most exciting players in the Premier League.
But Lambert isn't about to let his side develop an inferiority complex and will be focusing on his own side's strengths rather than worrying about Tottenham's.
'It's not something I'm frightened by,' said Lambert, who will be forced into at least one change this evening with Kyle Naughton suspended and unable to appear against his parent club. 'You give them great credit for what they have done, but I will be concentrating on my own team and we have done really fine of late.
'The onus is always on the home team, but I expect Spurs' expectations will be very high because they are vying for the title.
'We will be doing everything we can to try and win. It's going to be really hard, but we have earned the right to play them.'
While Spurs have gained plaudits for their attacking style, Lambert praised the way Redknapp has moulded his team into a winning unit who are arguably the closest rivals to the Manchester clubs for the Premier League title.
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'I think you've got to watch it when you're caught between playing exciting football and winning football,' he added. 'I saw Harry's comments after they lost the first two games of the season. They are now on everyone's coat tails so it showed what a good side they are.
'They play exciting football, but they are winning more games than they're not – that's the secret of it. It's OK playing great, but you've also got to win and they've won their fair share and that's why they are vying for that title.
'They had a taste of Champions League football last year and I'm pretty sure they want that again.'
Lambert is expecting the City fans to turn out at Carrow Road in their droves once again to see their side against one of the top-flight's leading lights, but the Scot never takes their support for granted.
'We're going to need them, but that's been the same since I've been here and that's testament to the thousands that come to watch us,' he said. 'But we've also got to give them something back and we have been. They have been brilliant – if we give them something to shout for then they back the players to the hilt.
'It's a great thing what the club has done so far and everyone has played their part, but we're just almost halfway through it and there's a long, long way to go. The main objective was to stay in this league and it's a long way to May – but we will do our best to stay in it. We are certainly making a fight of it, that's for sure.'