Chelsea vs. Norwich City: Complete Player Ratings for the Blues

Dan Renfro@danrenfroCorrespondent IIIOctober 6, 2012

Chelsea vs. Norwich City: Complete Player Ratings for the Blues

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    Chelsea drubbed Norwich City on Saturday, 4-1.

    The Blues went down in the 11th minute after a powerful finish from Grant Holt, but they weren't down long. Chelsea scored three times before half and another time after the break to secure three points at home.

    Outside of a five-minute stretch early in the first half, the Blues were dominant. They looked like they could score at will, and Norwich simply didn't have an answer. Although it wasn't a very good opponent, this was a very impressive win for Chelsea.

GK: Petr Cech, 6.0

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    Some lackluster defending cost Petr Cech another clean sheet.

    Nevertheless, he was only called upon one other time, with most of Norwich City's shots going awry. He made the necessary save, but he wasn't needed for most of the match.

    It was a comfortable win, and it's a shame it wasn't another clean sheet.

LB: Ashley Cole, 6.5

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    After an ill-advised tweet, Ashley Cole responded well on Saturday.

    He wasn't too happy with the FA, but the home crowd didn't care. Cole played a solid game in a blowout. He pushed forward well and had a couple of shots blocked.

    It was nothing special from Cole, but it was a solid outing regardless.

CB: John Terry, 6.5

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    John Terry played another solid game in the back for Chelsea.

    He was in the wrong place at the wrong time on the goal, and he was still almost able to save the day. With that said, the goal wasn't the worst thing to happen because it woke Chelsea up.

    After that moment, Terry kept the defense in line, and Chelsea were never seriously threatened again.

CB: David Luiz, 7.0

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    David Luiz was solid on Saturday.

    Believe it or not, Luiz seemed to be more disciplined and in control of his play. When he's partners with John Terry, he always seems to be in better position (what a concept, eh?). That was the case against Norwich City, as Luiz looked extremely sharp.

RB: Branislav Ivanovic, 8.0

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    Branislav Ivanovic returned to his blistering form against Norwich City.

    In the 14th minute, he put in a superb cross that leveled the score. Then, late in the game, he finished on a brilliant volley to seal the 4-1 victory.

    Additionally, he was successful in four tackles and had a 98 percent pass accuracy. It was a very good showing from Ivanovic, proving that he isn't quite ready to give up his spot in the starting XI.

CDM: John Obi Mikel, 7.0

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    John Obi Mikel was strong for Chelsea once again.

    He was caught out on the goal—not marking anyone near him. Nevertheless, he was good for the rest of the match. Mikel is a strong presence in the middle of the pitch, and he doesn't turn the ball over too often.

    He had a low moment; otherwise, Mikel was sharp on Saturday.

CDM: Frank Lampard, 7.5

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    In his first Premier League start since September 15, Frank Lampard was very good.

    He put Chelsea ahead with a classic one-time finish from the top of the box. He was given loads of space, timed the bounces and buried his shot without an issue. No one was marking him, and Lampard made them pay.

    Roberto Di Matteo will continue to mix up the lineups, and when he's selected, Lampard can always be counted on.

LAM: Eden Hazard, 8.0

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    It was refreshing to see Eden Hazard back in form on Saturday.

    He had looked a little stagnant, but he looked great against Norwich City. He only had one goal, but his five key passes led the team. He wasn't rewarded with an assist, but it was still fun to watch him slot through passes at will.

    Hazard is one of the most electrifying youngsters in the world, and he looked the part on Saturday.

CAM: Oscar, 8.5

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    He didn't directly contribute to any goals, but Oscar was the man of the match.

    He notched four key passes, two successful crosses and two shots on target. His dribbling was dangerous, and Norwich City always looked shaky when the Brazilian was on the ball.

    No, he didn't have an assist or a goal, but Oscar was the best player on the pitch on Saturday.

RAM: Juan Mata, 8.0

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    Juan Mata continued his red-hot form against Norwich City.

    He dribbled for nearly 60 yards before slotting a pass through to Eden Hazard, who promptly buried Chelsea's third. Then, in the 76th minute, Mata cleverly laid a ball off for Branislav Ivanovic, who finished with a great volley.

    Mata, along with Hazard and Oscar, played a clever, entertaining style of football against Norwich, and it was a great thing to watch.

ST: Fernando Torres, 7.5

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    Fernando Torres had a very typical outing on Saturday.

    He missed a couple of easy chances, moved very well around the pitch and finished after a great run. It was the stereotypical Torres game, and it was just what Chelsea needed.

    Not enough can be said about Torres' movement. He kept Norwich on their heels, and they simply didn't know whom to mark. Torres only scored one goal, but he was a key piece in all four. And that's exactly what Chelsea need from their striker.


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    Ramires, 6.5: Ramires came on for about 25 minutes and did his job. It was nothing special, but he looked sharp, giving Roberto Di Matteo just another thing to think about with his midfield selection.

    Cesar Azpilicueta, 6.0: Azpilicueta is going to struggle to break into the starting XI if Branislav Ivanovic keeps playing like he is. Nevertheless, the Spanish international came on in the 78th minute and got a nice 15 touches on the ball, which is always nice for a young player.

    Oriol Romeu, 6.0: Similar to Azpilicueta, Romeu will struggle to crack the top XI as long as the midfielders are playing well. John Obi Mikel has seemingly figured things out, and the other two holding midfielders (Lampard and Ramires) are playing just as well.

    It would be nice to see Romeu get some playing time, but it just doesn't make sense for the club right now.