Norwich hosted Chelsea on a bright and sunny afternoon, in their second home game of the season. Norwich didn’t make any changes to their starting XI after a very strong performance against Newcastle United. Chelsea came into this game looking for their first win of the season, after dropping points against Leicester at home.
Lampard’s luck since joining Chelsea has been very bad since many key players are injured. Kante was forced to sit out today and Kovacic was brought into the side. Tammy Abraham came back into the side over Olivier Giroud. While Pedro got injured during the warm up session and Barkley came into the starting XI.
As always, Chelsea started the game on the front foot and they were awarded with a goal as Azpilicueta whipped in a delightful cross inside the penalty box and Abraham took his chance to superbly give Chelsea the lead. The cross was beautiful but the finish was even better. A few minutes later Chelsea had a lapse of concentration at the back and they paid the price as Norwich equalised through Cantwell. A quick reply from Norwich, and the game was right back where we started. In the 17th minute of the game Mason Mount scored brilliant goal to bring Chelsea back into the lead as his linkup play with Pulisic was a joy to watch and Chelsea were in the lead once again. It was a great start to the game. Although Chelsea were great going forward they were certainly shaky at the back, and Norwich equalised yet again but this time through Pukki. Zouma got caught out and Norwich were right back in this game. It was end to end stuff and a great game for the neutrals. The HT whistle blew and it looked like the same old Chelsea. Norwich showed great fight and character in the first half of the game, not once but twice.
The second half was underway and Chelsea started the second half in the same fashion. Mason Mount came close as Barkley set him up but unfortunately the shot was not on target. In the second half Chelsea were in full control and they were denied a clear penalty as Azpilicueta was kicked on the knee. Another sign of why VAR needs to improve because they are not consistent. Kovacic made a brilliant run forward and passed the ball to Tammy Abraham who scored his second goal of the game and it was a beauty. Chelsea took the lead and once again but the question was will they be able to hang on this time? A few minutes later Norwich came close to levelling the score as Godfrey hit the crossbar from a corner and Chelsea were off the hook yet again. Olivier Giroud was introduced into the game and Tammy Abraham was subbed off after putting in an outstanding performance. The FT whistle blew and Chelsea had their first win of the season and it was Frank Lampard’s first win as Chelsea manager.
Lampard reveals he spoke to Tammy before the game and said today was going to be his day. The boss was very happy the striker ran to him after scoring his first, and the whole team and management could celebrate together.
What’s next for Chelsea?
Chelsea finally got their first win of the season and it was not easy at all, because Norwich gave them a fight right to the end and it was a very good win. Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount, both academy graduates, were absolutely brilliant and both were on the score sheet today. Tammy Abraham scored a brace and proved all his haters wrong. Chelsea have to improve defensively because they cannot afford to concede goals by silly errors. Chelsea play Sheffield United next Saturday and hopefully they get the 3 points next week in order to get back to back wins.
UP THE CHELS!