Norwich v Chelsea –
Final Score /Result: Norwich 1-3 Chelsea
Man Of The Match: Frank Lampard
Chelsea FC grabbed their first away win of the season with a clinical performance against Norwich City.
Chelsea came into this game having dropped seven points on the road in the three league matches so far, but Jose Mourinho’s side started the match brightly and took an early lead in the game. Demba Ba, who got a rare start in the Premier League in this match, set up Oscar and the Brazilian finished beautifully putting Chelsea ahead. But despite that early goal and dominating possession, the Blues failed to double their lead in the first half and the game still remained in balance going into the break.
Norwich City came out with a lot of aggression and determination in the second half of the match and restricted Chelsea. They pressed hard as a team and hit Chelsea on the break. The crowd got behind them and Norwich were on the ascendency. Eventually they got the reward for that effort as Anthony Pilkington scored from close range after Wolfswinkel set him up with a wonderful header. At that moment it seemed as if Norwich might even go on an win this game, but Chelsea responded well to that pressure.
Jose Mourinho made some key substitutions and changed the system. The changes too effect and Chelsea piled on the pressure. Then in the 85th minute Eden Hazard put them on the lead after a wonderful counter attack from a Norwich corner, although Norwich keeper John Ruddy perhaps could have done better with his attempt to save it. Just one minute after this goal Willian scored from a wonderful curling shot with his left foot and doubled Chelsea lead. That goal settled the match and Chelsea grabbed their first win of their season. The final score line was perhaps a bit harsh on Norwich who gave a good account of themselves.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was delighted with the win, but refused take all the credits for the substitutions that changed the game. He was also pleased for Willian, who scored his first Premier League goal since joining the club in the summer.
“When I make a change, the change is always fantastic and the players make it fantastic or make it rubbish – it’s up to them.
“I’m happy for Willian because he is starting with us, he is not 100%. He was injured in the week and the kid made himself available to try to help, and when he came on he gave us a push.
“[The win] is important and deserved and difficult. So when it’s important, deserved and difficult at the same time, we have only reasons to be very pleased with that. I think in the first half the game was quite easy to kill but we didn’t and in the second half we had a fantastic situation to kill it again and we didn’t.
“When you have chance to do that, you can be in trouble and it happened when they scored. But I looked to my dugout and tried to change the game, and all of them gave an important contribution.” – The Chelsea manager said after the game.
Norwich v Chelsea – Statistics
Frank Lampard put up a wonderful display at the heart of the Chelsea midfield and the above heat map depicts his movement and positioning on the pitch. He had the highest number of successful passes (68) in the match with 90% accuracy. He kept the Blues ticking in the midfield and was key in Chelsea retaining possession.