Sunday, October 6, 2013
Norwich City vs Chelsea
Jose Mourinho’s return to Chelsea has not been as messianic as many would have imagined.
Despite the wealth of attacking flair within the squad the goals have not been flowing as many would have expected and the self-proclaimed happy one has already gotten tetchy over constant media speculation over his team selection.
However, Mourinho and his team got some respite during the week as they brushed aside an uninspiring Steaua Bucharest side 4-0 but questions remain over Chelsea’s best team. This weekend Chelsea travel to Norwich where they will hope to put in a strong performance in the League and make up some ground on the teams above them.
Before last weekend the pressure was beginning to mount on Chris Hughton but after getting their second league win of the season away to Stoke, Norwich gained a little breathing space to the teams in the bottom three.
Although they struggle in front of goal, only managing four goals in six matches so far, Norwich have proven hard to break down and this weekend their defence is going to have to be at its very best to stop Chelsea’s attacking talent.
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Norwich 0 Chelsea 1 (Mata), Premier League, December 2012
Chelsea 4 (Torres, Lampard, Hazard, Ivanovic) Norwich 1 (Holt), Premier League, October 2012
Norwich 0 Chelsea 0, Premier League, January 2012
Chelsea have not scored more than two goals in a Premier League match under Mourinho since they beat Birmingham 3-2 in August 2007.
Norwich have the joint lowest amount of goals scored in the League with four.
Chelsea have failed to score in two of their three Premier League away matches this season.
Norwich have not beaten Chelsea since 1994 and lost six of the seven matches since.