Premier League - Eriksen impresses, Sigurdsson nets double for Spurs

Premier League, White Hart Lane - Tottenham Hotspur 2 (Sigurdsson 28, 50) Norwich City 0

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Premier League - Eriksen impresses, Sigurdsson nets double for Spurs
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Gylfi Sigurosson of Spurs scores the opening past Steven Whittaker of Norwich City (Getty Images)

Christian Eriksen was just one of several impressive new Spurs players as his side beat a poor Norwich City side.

Norwich lacked ambition throughout the first half, happy to defend their penalty area and do little more than clear their lines. The inevitable goal came after Eriksen set up Gylfi Sigurdsson, following an intelligent early cross from Danny Rose.

As well as Roberto Soldado - who backheeled against the post on the 12th minute - Danny Rose was constantly threatening on the left wing.

In the second half, Spurs scored after just five minutes. Paulinho’s low cross was missed by John Ruddy, who had played badly throughout the game, and Sigurdsson was free at the back post to tap in.

There was a mild improvement for Norwich City with rare moves into the Spurs half, but in truth they didn’t trouble Spurs in the slightest.

KEY MOMENTS

PRE-MATCH: Christian Eriksen makes his debut for the home side, and will go on to provide real creativity. Spurs fans will be rightly excited about how he’ll progress this season.

12’ – CHANCE: Soldado almost scores with a backheel: After Eriksen cuts inside to the box, Ruddy is unable to save his low shot to the near post. Soldado’s backheel almost puts Spurs ahead, but it hits the post.

28’ - GOAL! Danny Rose crosses early for Soldado to chest down into Eriksen’s pass. Eriksen’s second touch is a ball for the oncoming Sigurdsson, who takes one touch to make space, and a second to curl it past the keeper.

50’ - GOAL! Eriksen sets Paulinho free on the right, and his square cross is missed by Ruddy for Sigurdsson to tap in at the back post.

56’ - NORWICH PASS FORWARDS: Van Wolfwinkel aims the ball towards Elmander - But he’s offside.

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KEY STATS

69% - Spurs' possession in the first half indicates their superiority and commitment to pressing across the whole pitch.

5 - The number of Premier League goals scored by Gylfi Sigurdsson at home for Tottenham, making the most of his chance to impress.

4 - Loan spells for Danny Rose while at Spurs. After this display it's obvious why they wanted to keep him this season.

TALKING POINT: Have Spurs got the greatest scope for improvement on last season? With an impressive showing from all the new signings, and youngsters such as Danny Rose, the Champions League is certainly achievable for Tottenham this year.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND STATS

MAN OF THE MATCH

Danny Rose (Spurs): Constantly threatening in attack, and solid in defence. His combination play with Sigurdsson and Eriksen was Spurs’ most potent attacking weapon.

PLAYER RATINGS

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris 6, Walker 6, Dawson 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 8, Dembele 7, Paulinho 7, Townsend 6, Eriksen 7, Siguardsson 7, Soldado 6. Subs: Holtby 6, Sandro 6, Lamela 6.

Norwich City: Ruddy 5, Whittaker 6, Bassong 7, Turner 6, Garrido 6, Snodgrass 5, Fer 5, Johnson 5, Redmond 5, Elmander 6, van Wolfswinkel 5. Subs: Howson 6, Pilkington 6, Tettey 6.

THE MATCH IN A TWEET

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