After a rather dull night at the Bridge, Chelsea were able to retain their third place spot with a 1-0 win against relegated Norwich City. Although we were hoping for a more convincing victory, claiming three points was the most important thing on Tuesday night, and thanks to some of these players, we were able to walk away with a crucial home victory…
The Goals Keep Coming for Giroud
Olivier Giroud has been in fantastic form in recent times, with the Frenchman netting yet another goal on Tuesday night. Since the restart, the 33-year-old has scored four times – and in his previous ten games, the striker has managed an impressive six goals. Not only did Giroud secure our only goal in the game, he also proved a nuisance against the Norwich defence – constantly getting himself into good positions and winning his aerial duels. Even after Giroud netted his goal, he was frustrated when he didn’t score again – and this type of passion and commitment is exactly what we need during the final stages of the season.
Another Great Game by Pulisic
Another player in great form at the moment is Christian Pulisic. The American has brought a new spark to this Chelsea side since the season resumed, and our team would be looking a lot bleaker if he wasn’t involved. The youngster assisted Giroud’s goal in first half stoppage time, delivering a nice cross into the box which his teammate was able to slot past Tim Krul, highlighting the start of a solid partnership between the two players. Pulisic also had a decent shot himself in the early stages of the game and was able to create chances in a side that largely lacked creativity.
Kovacic: A Warm Welcome Back
With Mateo Kovacic now back in the team, it was simple to see how much we had missed the Croatian in our previous games. Arguably Chelsea’s best player this season, the 26-year-old put in a great performance against the Canaries, dictating the pace of the game and keeping the midfield comfortable. He posed a threat and produced some good balls to both Cesar Azplicueta and Marcos Alonso. Hopefully, we’ll see him in the starting XI for our upcoming league game against Liverpool.
Jorginho: Not His Best?
Jorginho was arguably one of the worst players on the pitch during our embarrassing 3-0 loss against Sheffield United – and this game, the 28-year-old looked unconvincing yet again. He was sloppy during the match, constantly giving the ball away and supplying Norwich with any chance they had of counter attacking (although, fortunately for us, they were unable to make the most of these opportunities). It’s a shame as before the restart, Jorginho was having an excellent season under Frank Lampard. With his Chelsea future still up in the air, it has created a somewhat sour atmosphere at the club.
A Better Performance by Alonso
On a lighter note, it’s nice to see Marcos Alonso putting in a solid performance for the Blues. With the Chelsea defenders not having much to do within the 90 minutes, Alonso was able to do what he does best – go up the flanks and contribute to Chelsea’s attack. The Spaniard was therefore able to put in some nice crosses for his teammates – including a close chance for the captain. The left-back was unlucky not to contribute a few assists himself this game.