City head coach Daniel Farke was pleased with his side’s 6-0 defeat of Bournemouth but remained cautious in his praise, saying that he was not “over the moon” after the Carabao Cup second-round win.
£9million signing Christos Tzolis registered two goals and two assists on the night but Farke was not drawn into individual praise for the Greek, saying: “Our lads have proved that they can play on Championship level, that’s for sure. Bournemouth is a top, top Championship side but we have to be careful, the Premier League is a different animal.
“Of course, each and every good performance is good for the confidence, good for the mood and several of our signings have shown today why we were so interested in them and that they have such potential.”
Farke made 10 changes to the side humiliated by Manchester City last weekend, the Canaries’ squad depth on show as they strolled into the third round of the Carabao Cup. New number 24 Josh Sargent also scored a brace at Carrow Road, and will push Teemu Pukki for a starting place for this weekend’s match against Leicester City.
There will be “no headaches” for the German, however, as he faces perhaps the most difficult selection problem of the season. “I was hoping for top performances and also steps forwards from some young players,” he said.
“I got the feeling there was a good mental attitude today, good team spirit, good togetherness on the pitch and then each and every individual can shine.”
Although it was largely a night of positives for anyone of a yellow and green persuasion, Bali Mumba limped worryingly off with his shirt over his face as the night drew to a close.
“There are a few concerns about his knee,” Farke said of Mumba. “We have to wait for some further assessment tonight and tomorrow morning. It doesn’t look too good if I’m honest.”