Chelsea vs. Norwich: Who Was the Man of the Match?

NORWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 21: Juan Mata of Chelsea has a shot at goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea at Carrow Road on January 21, 2012 in Norwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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Bimersha GautamCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 2012

Another Chelsea game, another disappointment for the Blues. Any slim hopes of winning the title suddenly vanished as Norwich held the the statistically brilliant Chelsea to a draw despite domination from the players in blue.

Fernando Torres played a wonderful game yet again, and though he couldn't register himself on the score sheet, he was utterly brilliant in the first quarter of the game. Except for one miss—and a horrendous one at that—he looked sharp and tested the keeper.

In the first half, a great opportunity fell to Torres. A quick counterattack initiated by David Luiz and orchestrated by Frank Lampard and Ramires led to Torres finding some space. He then curled a great ball around a defender only to be denied by Norwich keeper John Ruddy's brilliance. 

Ruddy made a number of crucial saves in the second half as well, particularly against Juan Mata, who seemed destined to score.

The canaries were superb in defence and deserve full applause, and so do the opposition defence. In the end, a scoreless draw was all that could be achieved.

And although Zak Whitbread and Daniel Ayala were outstanding for Norwich, it's no surprise that the man of the match for this game is none other than Ruddy.

Not only did he make great saves, but he also held the defence line intact and functioning at the highest level. While it was Norwich's first clean sheet in 21 games, one can imagine what level of confidence it must provide Ruddy to hold a team with a calibre like Chelsea scoreless.

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