Match Report: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

Match Report: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

Chelsea continue their rampant form in the Premier League by easing past Norwich, 4-1 thanks to goals by Torres, Hazard, Ivanovic and Lampard after Holt got the opener.

Chelsea XI: Cech; Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole; Mikel, Lampard; Mata, Oscar, Hazard; Torres.

Norwich XI v ChelseaFC – Ruddy, R. Martin, Johnson, Bassong, Howson, Holt (c), Hoolahan, E. Bennett, Garrido, Barnett, Tettey

First Half: After a good few opening minutes, it was Fernando Torres who came close to give Chelsea an early lead but squandered the chance. Norwich capitalised and it was Grant Holt who got the opener for Norwich City after a bit of defensive lapse mainly due to the small injury Terry pulled up during the start of that attack. Holt calmly volleyed the shot past Cech. Chelsea though continued to press and it was Branislav Ivanovic’s lovely cross that found Torres’s head who made up for that early miss. Torres rose the highest to head the ball past Ruddy to level the score. After that goal it was all Chelsea, who continued their lovely attacking football and after Torres miss-kicked his scissor kick, Lampard took advantage and scored a similar goal to what Grant Holt had scored on the other end. Chelsea then doubled their lead after some textbook stuff involving Mata and Hazard. Mata found Hazard after some lovely football who made no mistake in getting Chelsea’s third. 

HT: Chelsea 3-1 Norwich.

Second Half: Second half was a similar story to the first half although Holt came close early on, Chelsea made sure that any panic moment will be avoided. Mata-Oscar and Hazard continued to dominate the Norwich defense. Chelsea finally found the 4th goal from a very likely source nowadays Branislav Ivanovic. Ivanovic volleyed the ball past Ruddy after some lovely work by Mata. Chelsea finally gave a league debut to Cesar Azpilicueta. Romeu and Ramires also came on as substitutes. Chelsea continued to press and although could not add another they maintained their 4-1 lead.

Victory today means the best start of Chelsea in the premier league since the days of Jose Mourinho!

FT: Chelsea 4-1 Norwich

Shikharr Chandra (@ShikharrC)

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