Premier League: Norwich City vs Chelsea 10/3/22 – Full Match Report

After a chaotic day, Chelsea compose themselves to clinch three points at Carrow Road.


Written by Yendi (@ftblYendi).

Edited by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).


Pre-game:

On March 10th 1905, Chelsea Football Club were formed in a pub now known as The Butcher’s Hook. 117 years later, the club’s owner Roman Abramovich has been formally sanctioned by the British government – leaving the Blues in turmoil with their future anything but certain.


Although match tickets and merchandise are currently forbidden from being sold, Thomas Tuchel’s side were still instructed to play their Premier League game yesterday – where they took on 20th placed Norwich at Carrow Road.


In the last game between the two sides, Chelsea ran out 7-0 winners. A Mason Mount hat-trick capped off a dominant display, back when the Blues were setting the league alight in the opening months of the campaign. Yesterday’s hosts Norwich entered the game winless in this fixture since 1994, having failed to win in their last 19 encounters with the European Champions.


Despite the usual absentee in Ben Chilwell and Marcos Alonso (positive COVID result), Reece James was left out of the squad due to an apparent muscular problem sustained at the weekend against Burnley. Christian Pulisic was also left out without much disclosure, perhaps a matter of preference.


Thomas Tuchel made four changes to the side that won at Turf Moor, with César Azpilicueta, Andreas Christensen, Mateo Kovačić, and Timo Werner all returning to the starting eleven.

First Half:

The game itself got off to a rapid start, with Chelsea winning a corner within the opening minutes. Mason Mount’s cross found Trevoh Chalobah at the near post, who glanced the ball past Tim Krul for the game’s opener.

The pressure was relentless from the Blues, who remained camped in the Norwich half in the opening 15 minutes. After finding an early opener, Chelsea doubled their lead with Kai Havertz cutting the ball back to an onrushing Mason Mount – who expertly slotted into the top corner before kissing the badge in support of his boyhood club.

The academy graduate could have easily later made it 3-0, however his effort from a volley flew over the bar. Various efforts from corners could have seen more goals for the visitors including Mateo Kovačić’s attempt at a rendition of his Stamford Bridge classic against Liverpool.


Norwich, frankly, had stayed on the team bus bar some hopeful shots from around 25 yards out from Matthias Normann. The break arrived with one team in it, and the evening looked set to be a repeat of the 7-0 thrashing from last autumn.

Second Half:

Two substitutions and a formation change later, the Canaries looked to give Chelsea a good old game with 45 minutes still to play. The introduction of Milot Rashica

provided Norwich with a much-needed agency and dynamism that simply had been missing in the first half.


Norwich coming into the game was a sign of Chelsea resting on their laurels and their complacency would be punished when Pierre Lees-Melou’s effort struck the outstretched arm of Trevoh Chalobah. Referee Martin Atkinson, with the aid of VAR, awarded a penalty which was coolly tucked away by Teemu Pukki.


The resurrection was short lived thereafter as the Chelsea we had seen before the break re-emerged to assert their dominance once more. In the dying minutes, a well-hit Kai Havertz lead gave the visitors a two-goal cushion – finalising the result with the Blues bringing three points back to Stamford Bridge.

After the Whistle:

The off-pitch political turmoil was seemingly ignored by the Blues out there, who put on an excellent attacking display which resulted in a well-deserved win. The collected three points puts some real momentum in Chelsea’s hands. Having not only won four Premier League games in a row, the Blues have won 9 of their last 10 games, the only setback being the penalty shootout defeat to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.


The result will surely boost morale ahead of a potential banana skin against Newcastle United over the weekend.


Final Score:

Norwich City 1-3 Chelsea.

- Chalobah (3’).

- Mount (14’).

- Pukki (69’ pen).

- Havertz (90’).


BBC Sports Player of the Match:

Mason Mount (Chelsea).


Line-ups:

Norwich City (5-3-2): Krul; Aarons, Zimmerman (45’), Hanley, Kabak, Williams; Lees-Melou, Normann (24’), McLean; Sargent (84’), Pukki.

- Subs: Rupp (45’), Rashica (45’), Lowe (84’).


Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Chalobah; Azpilicueta © (45’), Jorginho, Kovačić (85’), Saúl; Mount, Werner (86’); Havertz.

- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (45’), Kanté (85’), Lukaku (86’).


Referee:

Martin Atkinson.


Possession:

Norwich City (34%) vs Chelsea (66%).


Shots:

Norwich City (8) vs Chelsea (15).


Shots on Target:

Norwich City (3) vs Chelsea (7).


Corners:

Norwich City (3) vs Chelsea (7).


Fouls:

Norwich City (8) vs Chelsea (15).

- (credit |BBC Sport).


Match Highlights:

- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).

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