Date:Saturday February 11 2012
Norwich City boss Paul Lambert believes Swansea City have had a head-start on them in the Premier League this season.
Lambert was talking about today's game at the Liberty Stadium and says the Swans have had a head-start on them because they they've been in the Championship one season longer.
Norwich City achieved a remarkable two consecutive promotions from League One under Paul Lambert. Swansea City meanwhile had an extra season in the Championship before they won promotion to the top flight.
It seems like a rather small comparison, if you think of where the Swans have come from in recent years, plus their very limited budget. Not only that, but Brendan Rodgers achieved promotion after just one year, while Lambert has been able to develop and build a Norwich City side since their League One days.
"I think it has been well-documented how they play, but if you ask Brendan he would want to win more games than not,"
"They are getting lots of plaudits, rightly so, for the way they play but if they were playing the way they have been playing and hadn`t picked up one single point, I think he would be pretty sure to say he`d have changed his philosophy to pick up points as quickly as he can.
"Swansea have beaten Arsenal and got points against Tottenham and Chelsea. If they are doing it to that calibre of team it shows you how well they are doing at the minute. You have to respect what you are going into. We have our own gameplan what we want to do, but I won`t change my philosophy about trying to bed ourselves in."
"If you look at it, Swansea have had a head start on us because they were in the Championship last year," he said. "We have had to come from League One and then go again so that is great credit to us to do it successfully, which is not an easy thing. I have a lot of time for Brendan Rodgers. I really have. I think he is a terrific guy. The way he has done it. He is a really humble guy but he has had a lot of success.
"We had to come up from the third tier and go again. To go and do it in the Championship with the first throw of the dice, brings a level of expectation that people just expect it to happen. If Norwich stay in this league that will surpass anything. It will beat winning League One, it will beat promotion."
What you have to say is that what both teams have achieved is massively impressive, and in fairness neither one beats the other really.
Date:Saturday February 11 2012
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