Chelsea's bad form this season have made many wary even of otherwise easy matches. Fortunately Norwich didn't cause too much trouble at Stamford Bridge, as the Blues completely dominated the opposition and grabbed a 1-0 win that could have had a bigger score had we had more of a presence in the box.
Unsurprisingly, Chelsea captain John Terry is happy about getting a result that reflects well on what the team showed on the pitch:
"The performances have been there of late, just not the results, so I am delighted to get the three points on the board and you could see the relief and the delight from the other players as well. It was a good performance and hopefully this is a step in the right direction for us."
"It was about being patient. Our build-up play was creating a lot of chances on goal, which we have been doing of late as well, so we are pleased with that and at half-time the manager was stressing we continue and the door will open, the goal will come, and thankfully it did."
Diego Costa broke his goal drought yesterday by scoring in the second half, although he didn't have a good game per se as he was frequently missing (or failing to finish) at the end of the many chances created by Eden Hazard and others throughout the match. Still, Terry was quick with a positive word about the striker — certainly wouldn't expect otherwise from the captain — and Hazard, of course.
"Diego is a great finisher and [the goal] will always come. If he is not getting in those positions for the chances then I think it is a problem but he was there today and was unlucky with a couple in the first half, and it was a great finish from him in the second half."
"Eden Hazard is back to his best and not only this Saturday, the last five or six games you have seen from everybody the raising in performances individually and collectively and with this result, the delight and the relief from players is there to see."
"It is a big week now with the Champions League. We have got one win out the way with hopefully more to come."
-John Terry; source: Chelsea FC
One thing Terry doesn't mention is his own crucial block while the match was still scoreless. As important as any goal scored.
The Premier League title defence may be an "impossible mission", even by Mourinho's words, the squad must still do the most they can to salvage this (so far) dreadful season. Yesterday's result was a good start to that mission.