Matchday Musings: Norwich City 1-3 Chelsea
Oscar in Top Form
One of the most played midfielders in the world now, starting in almost every Chelsea and Brazil match in his senior career. His third Premier League goal this season during his second year with the club after he was transferred from Internacional. Only four minutes into the match and Oscar put his name on the board after receiving a perfect assist from Demba Ba. A one touch shot on the outside of his foot gave the Blues the first goal of the day and the only goal of the first half. A very interesting starting eleven chosen today, but in the end, they managed to overcome the Canaries three goals to one.
Unfortunate Match for John Ruddy
Norwich City have had a very rough start in the Premier League this year now in the bottom three after week 7 with 7 points. Though conceding three goals today alone, there past experiences have not been any better. Norwich hold a -4 goal differential as of now having only scored three goals the entire season in league play alone. John Ruddy has a lot of work cut out for him in these next few matches playing English giants Arsenal and Manchester City. If they have any hope of pushing farther and climb out of the bottom three, John Ruddy and the four defenders will need to strengthen the defensive half and maintain more attacking possession.
Pilkington Raises Hopes
After such a quick goal from the visiting opponents, Norwich was playing catch up since the beginning. Heading in the equalizing goal in the 68th minute, Anthony Pilkington scores his first Premier League goal of the season and second in all competitions. It has been quite a rough start for Norwich and having only scored three goals all season, a third goal against the third ranked club is an accomplishment in itself for player. Pilkington’s close-ranged header into the left corner put Cech and the Chelsea defenders out of a clean-sheet chance.
Eden Hazard Proves His Worth
Jose Mourinho’s starting eleven was very interesting as he had a healthy mixture of veteran and rookie players amongst the squad. Demba Ba and Willian were among the newcomers, having only played primarily in pre-season matches, mixed with Eden Hazard and Frank Lampard who have been on the squad in past years. Coming in to the game as a substitute, Hazard was at the absolute top his game pushing the attacks forward in the last half hour. A late goal in the 85th minute put Chelsea ahead 2-1 with roughly 5 minutes left in the game. The Belgium left winger has been shifted around from the starting squad to the bench, still trying to secure a starting position. This third goal of the season will definitely boost his morale and time on the field.
One Minute, One Goal
After Eden Hazard’s seemingly match winning goal, Willian scored yet another goal to extend their lead to 3-1. The Brazilian scored his first goal with his new English club only a minute after Hazard, shooting a stunning goal with his left foot across the chest of the keeper. The game finished at 3-1 with many happy Chelsea players after their goals. Chelsea is now in third place with Arsenal and Liverpool ahead by two points. However, Chelsea have scored seven goals in the past two games and are truly finding out solid scoring squads.