They were unable to find the result they needed though, coming up against a stubborn and organised Norwich City defence who prevented the home side from fashioning many clear chances. David Luiz and Andre Schurrle hit the woodwork in the closest that Chelsea came to a goal.
|Chelsea Player Ratings|
Chelsea first half analysis
SCHWARZER—Hasn't had to many many saves but his distribution has been careless at times.
IVANOVIC—Strong in defence as always, but could support more in final third.
CAHILL—Dominant, controlled on the ball and tracking midfield runners well.
TERRY—Two good blocks in defence and unlucky not to score with a header.
COLE—Chelsea's best outlet with his surging runs, on and off the ball, down the left flank.
MATIC—Sluggish to begin but grew into game. One great pass to free Schurrle.
LAMPARD—Hasn't really controlled the game for his team and Norwich have passed around him easily.
SALAH—Good in flashes, cutting infield from the right. A little greedy or rushed with final decision though.
WILLIAN—The most controlled of Chelsea's attackers, moving the ball around well. We'll ignore his shot which almost hit the corner flag.
SCHURRLE—A danger coming in off the left and almost scored with typical good movement and a shot against the post.
BA—Not really involved in the penalty area, though has linked nicely with Salah at times.
Chelsea second half analysis
SCHWARZER—Not often called upon to make saves as his team improved after the break.
IVANOVIC—Perhaps lucky not to be sent-off after getting frustrated several times. Didn't contribute enough going forward.
CAHILL—Excellent at the back late on as Norwich countered a number of times.
TERRY—Similarly impressive, made one very important interception when Norwich were two-on-two.
COLE—Didn't have as much impact in the second half but still got forward regularly and linked well.
MATIC—Won the ball back consistently and distributed well. Subbed late on.
LUIZ—Had a quick impact in moving the team forward quickly after coming on at half-time. Isolated in midfield later in the game after tactical changes and couldn't win or distribute the ball as a result.
SCHURRLE—His pace was negated by the deep line in the second half and had little impact from the right.
HAZARD—A big threat after coming on. Presumably talk will centre around why he didn't start.
WILLIAN—Looked good on the ball but a little slow with releasing it and didn't really show enough incisiveness.
BA—Fed off scraps, basically just occupied the defence.
TORRES—Didn't do much in his time on the field. Well marshalled by Bennett and Turner.