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Pilkington (68)
Oscar (4)
Hazard (85)
Willian (86)
Barclays Premier League

Carrow Road

Sun 06 Oct 2013 13:30 (Attendance: 26,840)


The run of four away games in a row comes to an end this weekend. Club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton turn their attention from Europe to East Anglia…

Another lunchtime kick-off followed by another two-week break is not what textbooks might suggest to get the football juices flowing. The possibility of putting pressure on leaders Arsenal, who face Man United's conquerors West Brom later on Sunday, very much is.

Norwich are pleasant and challenging hosts but the Blues have departed with all the points on five of our last six visits. Incrementally the Mourinho master plan is falling back into place but still no centre-forward has scored a league goal this season (and they have not quite flowed in from other departments till Tuesday).

The defence is looking mean and well drilled and creativity is abundant in midfield. Yet a team aiming for win top honours needs someone up among the golden boot contenders and the team's confidence would be hugely enhanced by a spree from the strikers.

Chelsea have managed five clean sheets in our first 10 games this season.

Sadly, in-form Fernando Torres injured his knee in Romania and has been ruled out for approximately three weeks and was, in any case, suspended from this match after his red card at Tottenham.

The FA's new review procedure ignored the media lynch mob pursuing the Spaniard over the clash with Jan Vertonghen, for which he was punished with a yellow. The panel's remit was published before the start of the season: if any official has seen the incident in question it is considered dealt with and cannot be reassessed.

Tuesday's performance and the result in response to the Basel setback had Mourinho saying his team is making good progress towards qualifying for the Champions League knockout phase.

The Portuguese also reserved a special hug for Andre Schurrle during the game and hailed him as 'the man' afterwards. The German looked delighted - another example of how the manager gets inside his players' heads.


With Samuel Eto'o looking more embedded game-by-game and involved in two of the goals in Bucharest, the new boys are beginning to have a big impact on the season. With injuries mounting that will have to continue apace.

The Steaua match brought our first away Champions League victory since the same 4-0 scoreline against Nordsjaelland a year ago. It is also the highest margin of victory for Mourinho's Blues since we won 4-0 in the FA Cup in February 2007 - against Norwich City. It is hopefully a sign the ruthlessness is returning to the Blues.

Julian Draxler's winner for Schalke in Switzerland has given them maximum points and group leadership. Our back-to-back matches with the Germans will go a long way to deciding the final standings, especially if Steaua can take points off Basel in their encounters.

This season Chelsea's U19s are mirroring the senior team's Champions League fixtures in the inaugural UEFA Youth League, which helps fill a void left by the suspension of the NextGen Series.

So far the youngsters have beaten both Basel and Steaua 4-0 and have looked superior to the opposition in terms of physical and technical development. If the games are yet to provide a truly stiff challenge, the travelling and organisation involved have offered the youngsters a valuable glimpse at what is demanded of the top modern footballer.

Domestically the first team have stumbled a few rungs down the Premier League table to fifth with Everton's Lukaku-led victory over a poor Newcastle side (and perhaps further before the kick-off at Norwich).

Several other sides in the top five face a difficult weekend and the Chelsea players will be keen to notch up our first away league win ahead of another international break - the third of the four scheduled between August and December.

The Blues have not been as impressive as usual on the road, though the trips have been to Old Trafford, White Hart Lane and Goodison Park.

Who are the best and worst players Chelsea ever signed from Norwich City? #CFCPMB

In the summer Norwich City confronted the difficult third season issue head-on by helping manager Chris Hughton refresh every department of his squad. Having finished successively 12th and 11th they currently lie 14th having lost half of their six games to date.

Statistics show around 70% of promoted clubs who successfully navigate the first year in the Premier League go on to survive the second. The Canaries have already bettered their brief top-flight fling of 2004/05 - the year of Let's Be 'Avin' You - and recent transfer expenditure suggests the 1992-1995 experience is not lost on them either.

Twenty-two months after a highly creditable third-place finish in the inaugural Premier League of 1992/93, the new boys sent their fans home delirious with a 3-0 win over bitter rivals Ipswich Town.

Sadly they then endured a fatal slew of injuries, player sales, defeats and just four goals in eight games that saw them tumble from 11th to 20th and through the trapdoor. Memories of that drought may have guided the hand signing the cheques for Ricky van Wolfswinkel, Gary Hooper and Nathan Redmond et al in 2013.

Everton have lost once in four visits to Man City. West Brom have not beaten Arsenal at home since October 2005. The Hammers have not won at Spurs in over 14 years - Frank Lampard played for the victors.

Barclays Premier League fixtures
Manchester City v Everton 12.45pm - BT Sport
Cardiff v Newcastle 3pm
Fulham v Stoke 3pm
Hull v Aston Villa 3pm
Liverpool v Crystal Palace 3pm
Sunderland v Manchester United 5.30pm - Sky Sports
Norwich v Chelsea 1.30pm - Sky Sports
Southampton v Swansea 1.30pm
Tottenham v West Ham 4pm
West Brom v Arsenal 4pm - Sky Sports

Barclays Premier League top six
Top Pld Gd Pts
1 Arsenal 6 +6 15
2 Liverpool 6 +4 13
3 Tottenham 6 +4 13
4 Everton 6 +3 12
5 Chelsea 6 +4 11
6 Southampton 6 +3 11
14 Norwich 6 -2 7


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Chelsea, yet to win away in the league, face a side who garnered almost three-quarters of their points from home matches in 2012/13. Key players are sidelined by suspension or injury, yet the Blues are growing in confidence now and have a good record in this part of East Anglia.

Chris Hughton has a system that has worked pretty well for Norwich. When they have the ball his team bursts into life, with quick passing and bodies charging forward, both full-backs joining the fray.

The system contracts to an industrious 4-5-1 without the ball until they win it back. Hughton's work ethic requires pressing from all his players, their lone striker required to drop deep to harass opponents and force mistakes. However sometimes they start with such pace and effort that it becomes hard to sustain as the game progresses.

Record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel, with one goal and 19 fouls to his name (the most of any league player, City being the most penalised team), was preferred to fellow new boy Gary Hooper in the win at Stoke City last weekend.

Despite the influx, last season's low goalscoring remains an issue - they have four, the Premier League's joint lowest total, compared to Chelsea's seven. Grant Holt, who scored two of the Canaries' three goals in our last four meetings, is now with Nottingham Forest.

Earlier this week Chris Hughton was hopeful his pacy, cutting-in left winger Nathan Redmond, plus the experienced defenders Sebastien Bassong and Javier Garrido (pictured below left), would return from injury.

Garrido Norwich

A key role in their central midfield has been defensive screen, asked to stop the kind of incisive passes and running players that can cause problems for Michael Turner and Ryan Bennett. With or without Bassong the central area is dominant in the air but less comfortable on the turf against fast-footed movement and passing; five of their six conceded goals have come from inside the box.

As well as asking his full-backs to curb their attacking enthusiasm, Hughton will want to double up in the midfield with a 4-2-3-1 rather than the 4-3-3 used last week at Stoke.

Two of Alexander Tettey (pictured above right), Leroy Fer and Jonny Howson may be asked to shackle the visitors' creative trio behind centre-forward Samuel Eto'o or Demba Ba. Fernando Torres has excelled in recent weeks but is suspended as well as injured. So far no Chelsea striker has scored a league goal.

Against Steaua, in the position on the left of the three vacated by the injured Eden Hazard (who remains a doubt this weekend), Andre Schurrle looked the happiest he has been since pre-season.

He was relentless in exposing the Romanians' flaws down that flank and was involved in two of the Blues' four goals. Right-back Daniel Georgievski must have experienced new empathy with his biblical namesake in the lions' den.

The Rhineland raider is also very adept at pressing opponents deep in their own half, stifling attacks and gaining possession - a function not previously associated with fellow starter Juan Mata so much.

Mourinho has demanded the Spaniard add that to his game and he has responded impressively. 'Juan played very well with the ball, as he always does, and very good without the ball, as he never did,' observed the manager afterwards.

Oscar moved to the right when Mata played midweek. The Brazilian is joint top scorer for the Blues with Ramires, who hit a fine brace on Tuesday.

Late sloppiness from the Pensioners in Bucharest, perhaps understandable at 3-0 up, will have encouraged Hughton and his team to persevere whatever the scoreline. However Chelsea have not surrendered any league points from a winning position this season.

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Chelsea are unbeaten against the Canaries in the last nine league and cup matches (seven wins, two draws).

This is a fixture that has been played only since 1962/63 and not in the top flight until a decade later. The Canaries were in the Southern League until 1920/21 when they became founding members of Football League Division Three South. They were eventually promoted to Division One for the first time in 1972.

Their only trophy up to that point had been the nascent League Cup, won in 1961/62 and it was for the quarter-final of the same competition that Chelsea travelled to Carrow Road on Wednesday 17 November 1971.

The visiting Cup Winners Cup holders were in unpredictable form, though. Defence of the UEFA tournament had ended feebly with two draws against Atvidaberg and the away goals rule swinging progress the way of the Swedish part-timers.

The response in the league and League Cup had been three straight wins, nine goals scored and none conceded. Six of those strikes - including a hat-trick for Tommy Baldwin - had come at Bolton in the fourth round of the midweek cup.

Ron Saunders' City, unbeaten at home that season in the Second Division, would provide sterner resistance and with Wembley in sight the game was played at a frenzied pace. No quarter was given on either side and one raking tackle by Peter Osgood required defender David Stringer to leave the field and receive treatment a full 10 minutes. Tommy Baldwin was booked. Alan Hudson popped up everywhere.

Chelsea went into the break on level terms largely thanks (as ever) to two world-class saves by Peter Bonetti (pictured below) from Peter Howard's head then, with lightning reactions, a powerful Graham Paddon drive that was already being celebrated by home fans.


Norwich continued to apply pressure but midway through the second period Osgood made mockery of the boos and jeers he suffered with the perfect riposte. The Blues won a corner down the right which left-footer Peter Houseman delivered. Ossie rose above the pack and steered the ball beautifully past Kevin Keelan.

City pushed for an equaliser and their Scots winger Ken Foggo might have been the leveller when he beat the visitors' offside trap, only to fire wide. The game finished 1-0 and Chelsea beat Spurs 5-4 over the two-legged semi-final to reach Wembley, only to disappoint again, losing to Stoke City.

Norwich reached the final the following year but also had to settle for runners-up medals.

Norwich's last victory against the Blues was at Carrow Road in December 1994 when Jamie Cureton and a brace from Ashley Ward secured a 3-0 victory.

Norwich have won one point from the last 18 which was the goalless draw at Carrow Road in January 2012.

Our last 10 meetings at Carrow Road
1987/88 - Norwich won 3-0 - Old Division One
1989/90 - Norwich won 2-0 - Old Division One
1990/91 - Chelsea won 3-1 - Old Division One
1991/92 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Old Division One
1992/93 - Norwich won 2-1 - Premier League
1993/94 - Drew 1-1 - Premier League
1994/95 - Norwich won 3-0 - Premier League
2004/05 - Chelsea won 3-1 - Premier League
2011/12 - Drew 0-0 - Premier League
2012/13 - Chelsea won 1-0 - Premier League



Other fixture last season

6 October 2012 - Barclays Premier League
Chelsea………..……4 Norwich………..….…1
Torres 14                       Holt 10
Lampard 21
Hazard 30
Ivanovic 76
                            Att: 41,784

Norwich City v Chelsea in all competitions
Games played 45
Chelsea wins 18
Norwich wins 14
Draws 13

Head to head in the League at Carrow Road
Games played 18
Chelsea wins 4
Norwich wins 8
Draws 6

Biggest league win at Carrow Road for each team
Norwich 4-1 Chelsea - 6 April 1963
Norwich 1-3 Chelsea - 17 April 1991, 5 March 2004

Chelsea lost to Norwich: 6,875
Norwich lost at home to a team from the capital: 284
Arsenal won a trophy: 3,060
Liverpool won the league: 8,555


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Chelsea have won 31 points from the last 42 since the beginning of April.

The defeat at Everton is our only reverse in 14 Barclays Premier League matches.

We have won three, drawn three and lost one of our last seven away top-flight league games.

Chelsea have won all three league games when we have opened the scoring.

Last six results
Sep 14 Everton (a) L 0-1
Sep 18 Basel (Champions League h) L 1-2
Sep 21 Fulham (h) W 2-0
Sep 24 Swindon (Capital One Cup a) W 2-0
Sat 28 Tottenham (a) D 1-1
Oct 1 Steaua Bucharest (Champions League a)

W 4-0

Premier League scorers (7)
Oscar 2, Ivanovic 1, Lampard 1, Mikel 1, Terry 1, own goal 1.

League games since
An away win: 3
An away draw: 0
An away defeat: 1

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 19 Oct Cardiff home 3pm
Tue 22 Oct Schalke (Champions League) away 7.45pm
Sun 27 Oct Manchester City home 4pm

Congratulations to Mark Schwarzer who celebrates his 41st birthday on Sunday.


Major trophies
2 League Cups in 1962 and 1985

Norwich's highest league finish was in the Premier League in 1992/93 when they finished third behind champions Manchester United and runners-up Aston Villa.

Last season
Premier League- 11th
FA Cup- fourth round
Capital One Cup - quarter-final

The Canaries have scored only one goal in the Premier League in just under five hours of play.

Norwich have lost on the three occasions in the Premier League their opponents opened the scoring.

The Canaries have lost two of their 12 Premier League matches at Carrow Road in the 2013 calendar year, both to Aston Villa. They have beaten Everton, Reading, West Brom and Southampton and have drawn with Newcastle, Tottenham, Fulham, Southampton, Swansea and Everton.

No Premier League team have scored fewer than Norwich's four goals this season.

Manager Chris Hughton
Days in charge: 486
Played 52
Won 18
Drawn 15
Lost 19

Norwich's last 10 year league history

Pts Pos Division Level
2003/04 94 1st League Division One 2
2004/05 33 19th Premier League 1
2005/06 62 9th Championship 2
2006/07 57 16th Championship 2
2007/08 55 17th Championship 2
2008/09 46 22nd Championship 2
2009/10 95 1st League One 3
2010/11 84 2nd Championship 2
2011/12 47 12th Premier League 1
2012/13 44 11th Premier League 1

Last six results
Aug 27 Bury (Capital One Cup h) W 6-3
Aug 31 Southampton (h) W 1-0
Sep 14 Tottenham (a) L 0-2
Sep 21 Aston Villa (h) L 0-1
Sep 24 Watford (Capital One Cup a) W 3-2
Sep 29 Stoke (a)

W 1-0

Premier League scorers (4)
Howson 1, Redmond 1, Van Wolfswinkel 1, Whittaker 1.


League games since
A home win: 1
A home draw: 2
A home defeat: 0

Ricky van Wolfswinkel (Sporting Lisbon, £8.5m), Javier Garrido (Lazio, undisclosed), Nathan Redmond (Birmingham, £3.2m), Carlo Nash (Stoke, free), Martin Olsson (Blackburn, £2.5m), Leroy Fer (FC Twente, undisclosed), Gary Hooper (Celtic, £5m), Johan Elmander (Galatasaray, loan).
Outs Chris Martin (Derby, free), Simeon Jackson (Eintracht Braunschweig, free), Lee Camp (West Brom, free), Marc Tierney (Bolton, free), Elliot Ward (Bournemouth free), Tom Adeyemi (Birmingham, free), Jed Steer (Aston Villa, free), James Vaughan (Huddersfield, £1m), Grant Holt (Wigan, £2m), Andrew Surman (Bournemouth, loan), Leon Barnett (Wigan, undisclosed), Jacob Butterfield (Middlesbrough, undisclosed), David Fox (Barnsley, loan).

Neil Swarbrick is refereeing his second Chelsea Premier League match. His first was our 2-1 success against Sunderland at Stamford Bridge in April. He was also in charge during our cup wins last season over Wolves (6-0) and Brentford (4-0).

Fernando Torres is suspended for this match.



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Norwich City v Chelsea


Norwich City

  • 1
    John Ruddy
  • 2
    Russell Martin
  • 6
    Michael Turner
  • 5
    Sebastien Bassong
  • 23
    Martin Olsson
  • 27
    Alexander Tettey
  • 7
    Robert Snodgrass Substitution
  • 8
    Jonathan Howson
  • 10
    Leroy Fer
  • 12
    Anthony Pilkington
  • 9
    Ricky van Wolfswinkel Substitution


  • 24
    Ryan Bennett
  • 4
    Bradley Johnson
  • 11
    Gary Hooper Substitution
  • 3
    Steven Whittaker
  • 22
    Nathan Redmond Substitution
  • 16
    Johan Elmander
  • 13
    Mark Bunn
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
van Wolfswinkel
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 26
    John Terry
  • 3
    Substitution Ashley Cole
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires
  • 8
    Frank Lampard
  • 10
    Substitution Juan Mata
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar
  • 14
    Andre Schurrle
  • 19
    Substitution Demba Ba


  • 5
    Michael Essien
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 17
    Substitution Eden Hazard
  • 23
    Mark Schwarzer
  • 29
    Substitution Samuel Eto'o
  • 22
    Substitution da Silva Willian
  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta

NORWICH v CHELSEA - 06/10/13

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Chelsea picked up our first away win in the league this season thanks to late goals from substitutes Eden Hazard and Willian.

Anthony Pilkington's close-range header had deservedly levelled things up for Norwich midway through the second half, Oscar having given the Blues a very early lead.

Demba Ba was a constant thorn in the Norwich backline but couldn't add to our lead in the opening 45 minutes, and we were punished when Pilkington nodded home after getting ahead of David Luiz.

Willian scored his first goal for Chelsea after Hazard had put us back ahead, the Brazilian's glorious, curling effort a fitting way to mark his first goal for the club.

Team news
Jose Mourinho was forced into one change from the side that won so impressively in Bucharest in midweek, with Ba replacing the suspended Fernando Torres.

Juan Mata was selected to start his first Premier League game since the defeat at Everton three weeks ago, while Andre Schurrle kept his place in the three behind Ba. Hazard was deemed fit to take his place on the bench.

For Norwich, Chris Hughton was able to call upon the services of captain Sebastien Bassong again after the central defender missed last Sunday's win at Stoke. Otherwise the Canaries were unchanged from that victory.

First half
It was Chelsea making the early running and Ba was denied what looked like a clear penalty after wrestling with Bassong in the fourth minute. The Blues weren't to be denied moments later, however. A lovely long pass from Frank Lampard picked out the striker again and his touch was perfect, controlling and turning in one movement. Oscar was the beneficiary of the Senegalese's hard work, picking the ball up and guiding his effort beyond John Ruddy with the outside of his right boot.

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Ashley Cole needed to be on his toes to end a threatening break from the home side after Ramires was dispossessed, but in truth it was still very much Chelsea dictating the play.

The Brazilian midfielder, darting from deep, then picked out Mata 25 yards from goal. The Spaniard feigned to shoot but instead slid Ba through on goal. The striker's effort looked destined for the same far corner that Oscar had picked out but this time Ruddy was able to get his fingertips to the ball. David Luiz's volley from the resulting corner lacked the requisite power to really trouble the England goalkeeper.

We were looking dangerous when at our most direct, and another long ball, this time from John Terry, caused more havoc in the Norwich box. Under pressure from Ba, and with the sun in his eyes, Ruddy couldn't make the catch but our striker's attempt on the turn wasn't well-directed enough to beat the recovering Bassong. Oscar was perhaps better-placed but you couldn't blame the striker for trying to score the goal his start had merited.

Norwich v Chelsea

Norwich hadn't offered much by way of an attacking threat up to this point but Petr Cech was called into action for the first time midway through the half, blocking David Luiz's clearance past the post after good work down the left by Robert Snodgrass and Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

Schurrle fired over after cutting inside on to his favoured right foot, before Ba again distracted Ruddy into a mistake. On this occasion the keeper recovered well to thwart our striker rolling the ball into the vacant net.

We were full value for our half-time lead and the only disappointment was that we hadn't managed to add to it, with Ba in particular unfortunate not to add his name to the scoresheet.

Second half
Chelsea started the second period as we had the first, well on top. Excellent link up between Schurrle and Ramires created space for the latter, whose superb cross found the unmarked Ba, but the striker could only flick wide of Ruddy's goal.

Norwich had claims for a penalty after Ramires and Anthony Pilkington came together in the box, but referee Swarbrick nor his assistant saw enough in the challenge to warrant a foul.

The Norwich supporters were cheering every decision by Swarbrick in their favour now and they demanded another penalty from the man in the middle after Van Wolfswinkel went down under pressure from Terry, but the ref correctly called that our skipper had got the ball first.

Terry needed to be at his best again soon after to deny Van Wolfswinkel a clear shooting opportunity, before Oscar wildly thumped high and wide after good approach play from Mata and Ashley Cole.

By now Norwich were the first to loose balls, winning more tackles and pressuring the visitors into more mistakes. Their impressive second-half performance was rewarded in the 67th minute. Van Wolfswinkel beat Terry in the air and Pilkington's movement was too quick for David Luiz, the winger nudging the ball past Cech from barely five yards out.

Mourinho responded to the leveller by bringing on Eto'o and the fit-again Hazard, for Ba and Cole respectively. Schurrle dropped to left-back as the manager reshaped in search of a winner.

Ivanovic almost struck that desired goal from range but found Ruddy in good form, and in the next move Hazard dragged his short wide after controlling well inside the box. Mourinho then replaced Mata with Willian on 80.

Chris Hughton had made changes of his own and it was a Norwich substitute, Nathan Redmond, who stung Cech's palms with an angled drive barely 60 seconds after coming on.

From a Norwich corner, Chelsea broke and regained the lead. Good headers from Ivanovic, Hazard and Willian released Oscar on the counter-attack. The retreating Bassong made a hash of cutting out the Brazilian's pass, instead setting the ball up for Hazard. His shot slipped under Ruddy and rolled over the line, despite the recovering keeper's efforts to claw it out.

Norwich v Chelsea

Within a minute we had a third. Eto'o was dispossessed, the ball falling to Willian on the right-hand corner of the box. The Brazilian's finish was sumptuous, curling the ball back across the goal into Ruddy's top corner. It was a special way for the summer signing to score his first goal for the Blues.

Mourinho's substitutions since Norwich's leveller had decisively swung the game back in our favour, with a Lampard free-kick - pushed round the post by Ruddy - the final action of a game that at one point looked like the Blues had let slip through our grasp.

 Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, D Luiz, Terry (c), Cole (Hazard 74); Ramires, Lampard; Mata (Willian 80), Oscar, Schurrle; Ba (Eto'o 73).
Unused subs Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Cahill, Essien.
Scorers Oscar 4, Hazard 84, Willian 86
Booked Oscar 62

Norwich City (4-3-3): Ruddy; Martin, Turner, Bassong (c), Olsson; Howson, Tettey, Fer; Snodgrass (Redmond 80), Van Wolfswinkel (Hooper 72), Pilkington.
Unused subs Bunn, Whittaker, Johnson, Elmander, R Bennett.
Scorer Pilkington 67
Booked Tettey 69

Referee Neil Swarbrick
Crowd 26,840

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