15 Jul Chelsea vs. Norwich Metropolis – Football Match Report – July 14, 2020
An underwhelming Chelsea boosted their probabilities of a spot in subsequent season’s Champions League, overcoming a sluggish begin to beat relegated Norwich Metropolis 1-Zero at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.
Olivier Giroud scored with nearly the final contact of the primary half as Chelsea consolidated third place within the Premier League and moved 4 factors above Leicester Metropolis and Manchester United within the battle for a top-four end.
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It was an eighth successive league defeat for Norwich, who had been already condemned to relegation after dropping to West Ham United on Saturday.
Chelsea struggled to transform their overwhelming possession into targets, failing even to fireside a shot in anger earlier than Christian Pulisic hit one into the facet netting within the 27th minute.
The U.S. worldwide, who has been a revelation for Chelsea because the league returned after its COVID-19 hiatus, then confirmed some sharp talent 9 minutes later.
His first contact allowed him to convey the ball down together with his again to aim and he then swivelled to shoot on goal, forcing Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul to tip the ball excessive. Kurt Zouma then headed the resultant nook narrowly large.
Stress from Chelsea, who made 5 modifications after dropping at Sheffield United on Saturday, finally paid off three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Pulisic’s cross was met by a diving Giroud to move dwelling from point-blank vary.
“It was necessary to attain earlier than halftime however we must always have scored extra targets. We had plenty of possession,” Giroud stated.
“I believe the team was a bit below strain as a result of we would have liked the win. Our dedication to do nicely tonight was very excessive however a very powerful was the three factors.”
Norwich had been extra adventurous after the break however Chelsea nonetheless had the lion’s share of possession, with out creating too many probabilities.
Pulisic compelled one other save out of Krul within the 75th minute as he received a contact onto the tip of a ball excessive of the defence from Giroud and the visiting keeper additionally pushed out Willian’s 89th-minute free kick.
Chelsea now flip their focus to the FA Cup the place they meet Manchester United in Sunday’s semi-final at Wembley.
Norwich full their season within the prime flight at dwelling to Burnley this weekend and away at Manchester Metropolis subsequent.