‘I have to be a little bit calmer’ - Rupp disappointed he didn’t score during City’s defeat at Spurs
PUBLISHED: 12:24 23 January 2020 | UPDATED: 12:52 23 January 2020
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Lukas Rupp admitted he was disappointed not to score and prevent Norwich City’s 2-1 loss at Tottenham, after missing two decent chances during his full Premier League debut.
The German midfielder fired just wide from the edge of the box during the latter stages of each half at Spurs, with the second effort deflected just wide as the Canaries chased a second equaliser.
It was the 29-year-old's first start since coming off at half-time of Hoffenheim's 2-1 win at Koln in the Bundesliga in early November, prior to his permanent switch to Norwich, making his debut as a late substitute during Saturday's 1-0 home loss to Bournemouth.
"It's not easy. It's like one second and you have to think what you are doing," Rupp said of the Premier League pace. "I have to be a little bit calmer with the ball and score my first Premier League goal."
He added: "I'm very tired. It was a tough game, the first game after four months. It's quite hard for me. So I need a good recovery for the next game on Saturday (at Burnley in the FA Cup)."
The German replaced the injured Emi Buendia on the right wing for City and linked well with Max Aarons ahead of the right-back winning a penalty from which Teemu Pukki had equalised in the 70th minute.
"It was a good game from us," he continued, speaking to City's official website following the defeat. "Of course, we are disappointed, but we had the chances. If we keep on going like that, we will get the points. One point is deserved but that's football. Tottenham are a great team but in the end it (the win) wasn't deserved for them."
Playing at the impressive new 62,000 capacity Tottenham Hotspur Stadium made for a memorable full debut for Rupp, even if the Canaries were left frustrated.
"The supporters were great, thank you very much (to them)," he concluded. "My brother was in the stadium and I was in the starting XI - next time I have to score and we have to win.
"Everybody has been very kind to me and they all want to help. I'm searching for an apartment at the moment, I'm still in a hotel. I like the city but I haven't seen too much. I'm very happy to be here."