Chelsea didn't take very long to jump out into the lead, with Oscar finding the back of the net just four minutes into the contest. Demba Ba left a nice pass at the feet of the running Brazilian, and Oscar made no mistake slotting the ball into the far corner.
The rest of the first half was relatively uneventful, with Chelsea remaining strong defensively and probing for opportunities to double the lead. They'd start the second half with no changes, as Jose Mourinho seemed fairly satisfied with what he saw in the first.
Norwich started the second half looking like a much improved side, creating one or two decent chances and maintaining some possession. They's get their reward in the 68th minute, leveling the score at 1-1. Eden Hazard and Willian were there to save the day though, and Chelsea managed to escape with maximum points.
Here are a few thoughts I had while watching this one:
- Oscar and Mata both tend to take up the same position at the top of the 18-yard box when they feed the ball out to Andre Schurrle on the left. If one of the pair would run to the post Demba Ba isn't attacking with some consistency, we'd probably score quite a few more goals.
- I really dig these away kits. They're swell.
- I like Mourinho's willingness to go down to three in the back while chasing a goal late. Ashley Cole has been adding very little to the attack of late anyway, so it makes sense to bring on an attacker in his place when we're pushing late in the game.
- Willian's header to the feet of Oscar that started the break in which Hazard scored was absolutely wonderful. His strike for his first Chelsea goal was even better. It's nice to see Andre Schurrle and Willian having solid games before the international break.
- Schurrle and Ramires as a wingback pair was awfully interesting. I'm definitely going to watch the game again while focusing on their performance in that role.
- Please stay healthy over the international break...we have some tough fixtures coming up shortly after we get going again.