Chelsea 1-0 Norwich: Better but still room for improvement from Chelsea.

Chelsea eventually beat Norwich yesterday with a single goal from Diego Costa to take three important points. However, there was plenty o...

Chelsea eventually beat Norwich yesterday with a single goal from Diego Costa to take three important points. However, there was plenty of room for improvement on this performance.

Coming into the game any of us would have taken a 1-0 win and the all important three points but as I walked away from the Bridge yesterday evening, I felt as though it could and should have been so much more.

If anything, Chelsea should have been at least two or three goals up at half time but wasted the chances we had created with Eden Hazard in particular on song yesterday. In the second half, more chances were created as Chelsea dominated the game but again they seem to pass us by whereas twelve months ago, they would have been mopped up without question.

Jose named Branislav Ivanovic in the starting eleven upon his return from injury and to his credit he played well. It's almost as if the break has given him time to think about how poor his performances to this point have been and he upped his game. At one stage in the second half, it looked like he was going to be beaten down his side but he managed to get back and make the challenge which was a positive.

Kenedy named at left back at the expense of Cesar Azpilicueta had a surprisingly good game in that position. He put in challenges, fought for the ball, used the ball well when in possession and on occasion showed a willingness to get forward to support down the left hand side when we were attacking the visitors.

Kurt Zouma was imperious at the back next to JT again and it was our leader that made a fantastic defensive block in the first half to save our blushes.

Cesc Fabregas had a good game and it was noticeable that his willingness to dictate the tempo of our game rubbed off on the other players. For once, Nemanja Matic never looked like he was isolated in this one and Fabregas did well in the deeper position. It was Fabregas' quick thinking that led to our goal with a ball over the top to Diego Costa who took a touch inside his defender and stroked the ball home into the far corner.

Willian had another busy game and worked hard but I have to mention his delivery from set-pieces and dead ball situations was disappointing yesterday. He very rarely beat the first defender and with the presence of Costa, Ivanovic, JT, Matic and Zouma all waiting in the box, it was a complete waste. He must do better.

I also thought that Pedro had a good game also. Not the level of performance to light up the game but he got himself involved in our play far more than he had done recently. His link up play with the others around him is better and the more he plays, the better that will become.

The star of the show for me was Eden Hazard who was outstanding and a sure sign that he is back to his best. He was a constant menace to their defence whether he played inside or on either wing. Defenders are too scared to jump in on him to make a tackle and he exposed them time and time again.

Not once but twice, Hazard beat a number of defenders, got to the byline to pull the ball back for someone to slot the ball home but we never took advantage which is exactly what Hazard's magic deserved.

Diego Costa will get the headlines for the goal and rightly so but his movement and motivation is something that should really be questioned.

I spoke of Hazard's good work and in the first half in particular, Hazard rolled the ball across the six yard box but Costa had not gambled on the ball coming across and stood static to which the Matthew Harding expressed their annoyance and frustrations. It didn't matter because the exact same thing happened in the second half before he scored!

Costa's movement now compared to twelve months ago is shocking. He constantly drifts out wide left when he should be playing the width of the penalty area and no more. Let our wingers play in that area and get yourself into the box to finish as your are paid to do!

Overall however, our passing and possession was better. We dominated the game and exposed Norwich on numerous occasions as I have stated before. If we could just get someone on the end of the chances we create, we would have had this one won by half time.

The good thing is that we only have two days to wait until the boys play again in Tel Aviv for the next match in our Champions League group. A win there will make the last game against Porto for the champions of the group stage and it's all important.

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Better from Chelsea but still areas for improvement!

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  1. While it,s good to get a much needed Win,,and it could have been by a bigger-margin,,and would have been,if we had a center forward who was on his game,;;yes I know he scored;;,but position-wise he was all over the place,on at least 2/3 occassion,s if he had been in the box,the score might have been more,,just what has happened to him from last season,,I personally think his mind is somewhere else;;back in Spain maybe;;could Remy have made more of the numourous chances-created Haz/Fab,we will never know,,,now that we seem to have made an inroad to our terrible-start,,we cannot afford to let these chances go to waste,,looking at Jose during the game,he seemed as frustrated as me,in the missed oppotunities we had to put this game to bed earlier,and instead we had the final 10mins,hanging on time again,,glad we won of course,but still work to do,if we are to go for that 4th spot in the league,,,it,s do,able for us,especially after the strange result,s again in the league this week,,somehow Jose has to get D,Costa back to doing what we know he is more than capable of doing..and not running around like a;; dog in heat;;

    1. I agree with your comments but looking at the Spurs on Sunday and the way they play their youngsters I still wonder why we do not give our young forwards an opportunity to show what they can do? I just feel that at least one of our young strikers could do as well or maybe better than Costa or Remy?

  2. This is all looking a bit ominous. While Spurs are hitting form, we continue to struggle to score more than one or two goals. A misfiring striker, Ivan back in the team, and the Fab/Matic combination still suspect.

    I backed Mourinho as I want him to build a legacy at the club, like Fergie did at ManU. I'm starting to think he is incapable of that. Why does he refuse to play our youth ? Solanke is years ahead of any of our current strikers, while we should be building the team around Ruben Loftus Cheek in in the Fabregas role.

  3. SommersetC...Much as I agree with a lot you say,,,I have to admit to not seeing much of our fringe/players,,,I know how well they are doing,,,but it is a big step/up for a lot of them,,,as you say Sir Alex found a way to do it over the years.RLC,coulld/should have more playing time,Bamford does,nt seem to get much playing time at CP,Solanke,I just hav,nt seen enough of,and trust your CFC/fans we,ve all seen, well payed,hyped up young/player,s fall by the wayside,.Jose seems to be more reliant on having established players in his teams,rather than younger one,s,,,bearing in mind the position we are now in,,playing ;;say;;2/3 younger players is a gamble,,could go even more pearshaped,than it already is,,and would,nt the Media love another chance to knock,not just Jose,but CFC in,s a tough call,,Jose,and his trainers are paid a kings/ransom,to solve problem,s like this..we mere fans can only give an opinion I m afraid....




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