Heading into their matchup on Tuesday, Chelsea were expected to handle Norwich City easily, especially with the match being held at Stamford Bridge. However, The Blues only squeezed by in a nail-bitting 1-0 victory over the already relegated Canaries.
Chelsea held 69 percent of the possession during the first half, with a good chunk of it in the final third at Norwich’s end. Even though it seemed like a one-sided match, The Blues were not able to capitalize on any of their chances.
Towards the end of the first 45 minutes, it looked like this match was heading towards a scoreless half. That was until nearly the end of the three minutes of extra time, when Christian Pulisic crossed the ball, which was headed into the back of the net by Olivier Giroud.
The 2018 World Cup winner has now scored six goals in his last eight Premier League games. Pretty impressive for a striker who seemed to be on his way out of South London earlier this season.
The two sides played a scoreless second half to end the game at 1-0.
Overall, it was not the dominant victory that Chelsea fans were expecting over a recently relegated Norwich side but it was what was needed to make Manchester United and Leicester City nervous heading into their respective matches.
The Blues had 22 shots throughout the entire, six of which were on target. The Canaries, however, only had two shots the entire match, none of which were on target as Daniel Farke’s side suffered an eighth consecutive defeat.
Chelsea prepares for an FA Cup semi-final matchup against Manchester United on Sunday before taking on champions Liverpool at Anfield on Wednesday. Norwich City, meanwhile, will host Burnley on Saturday.
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