London’s Chelsea for the first time in the last four games wins.
Before this match rivals situated in the neighborhood in the lower parts of the standings, Norwich and ahead of Chelsea by one point. Blue victory was necessary as air, because to fall even lower too dirty for the current champion.
Their intentions the team Mourinho clearly demonstrated from the first minute, beginning a siege of the opponent’s penalty area. If the first-time guests still tried to counterattack, but towards the middle of the half and it stopped doing, focusing solely on defense. Hazard, Willian and Pedro were circling like vultures the length and breadth of the possessions of ruddy, but quietly to create the dangerous moment they could not manage, because Norwich have acted very competently in defence. Didn’t avoid players fouled Canaries once again, or play hard against more technical opponents. Sensing this, the owners tried to draw a penalty, but Pawson ignored all the questionable episodes in the penalty area visitors.
Looks like Costa too was fond of these theatrical stuff, because when it was the only real scoring chances in the first half, he blundered, hesitated just for a moment. And the counterattack was played perfectly: Kennedy swept the left flank and made an accurate cross into the penalty area for Eden hazard, the Belgian has missed the bone, but Diego decided to strike when it is almost blocked by the defenders, and landed in one of them, although located directly opposite ruddy.
The second half started like the break was not. Chelsea totally dominated possession, attacked a lot and almost always won picks than actually deprived of Norwich is even the slightest chance at creating a hazard at the gate Begovic. Choose the same Blue monotone, but ingeniously raising tensions. Over time, players reviews failed to keep pace with their counterparts, and one such episode led to a goal. Azar overwhelmed in midfield, and Cesc didn’t wait until you hear the whistle and threw the ball forward to Costa. Diego perfectly assessed the situation: with one movement he removed the defender and the other did not leave any chances ruddy, sending the ball into the far corner. After a few minutes the score could be doubled, but the Zoom transported in the rail supply Willian’s free-kick.
After that, Chelsea calmed down a bit, but continued to keep the ball on the opponent side of the field. Triple substitution from Alex Neil in no way changed the balance of power and apart from a few innings and one hit from Brady, Norwich so nothing was created in this match. The team Mourinho looked confident and consistently and most importantly knew how to crack the tight defense of the opponent, so fully deserved the three points.
Chelsea — Norwich 1:0
Goals: Diego Costa, 64
Chelsea: Begovic — Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry, Kennedy — Fabregas, MATIC — Pedro (Oscar, 83), Willian (Ramires, 87), Hazard (Azpilicueta, 90) — Diego Costa
Norwich: Ruddy — Wisdom, Bennett, Bassong, Olsson Redmond, O’neil, Muluba (Dorrans, 73), Brady — Howson (Hoolahan, 73) — Mbokani (Jerome, 73)
Warning: Willian Mulumbu, O’neil, Bassong, Olsson