Chelsea 1 Norwich 0: Five things we learnt


Kenedy is the latest Brazilian left-back

Jose Mourinho sprung a surprise in his starting line-up as teenager Kenedy took over from Cesar Azpilicueta. Brazilian left-backs are traditionally better going forwards than backwards and Kenedy, who joined Chelsea in the summer as a winger, is no different. Kenedy caused the Norwich defence all kinds of problems with his raids forwards and Diego Costa should really have scored from one of his crosses.

Ashley Cole started as a winger at Arsenal before being converted into a left-back and enjoying a superb career at Chelsea. Could Kenedy benefit from his positional change in a similar way?

Hazard likes life in the middle

Eden Hazard has always wanted to play in the number 10 position and Mourinho has granted his wish in a bid to try to get the best back out of the Belgian. It certainly worked against Norwich, as Hazard drifted all over the pitch to get the ball and dance his way around defenders. Last season’s Player of the Year finally seems to be finding his form again and that can only be good for Chelsea.

The fourth official got it in the neck – but not from Mourinho

Norwich City manager Alex Neil spent the entire game on his feet, shouting at his players, throwing bottles down and, as Mourinho noticed, berating fourth official Roger East. Mourinho often feels he is treated differently to other managers and appeared to make that point to East as Neil chewed the official’s ear in the second half. Having served a stadium ban at Stoke in Chelsea’s previous game, Mourinho was relatively quiet.

Relief for Costa

It looked like it was going to be another frustrating afternoon for Diego Costa, especially when Mourinho mimed how to score from five yards to his striker. The Spain international had missed a couple of chances and seen John Ruddy make a brilliant save from his first-half effort, before he finally netted just his third Premier League goal of the season to open the scoring. Costa was mobbed by his team-mates after curling a shot into the net and they will now hope he hits the goal trail.

Fabregas may not be fastest, but his brain is quicker than most

Willian stood next to Cesc Fabregas to weigh up a free-kick in the 64th minute, but as the Brazilian looked at his options, the Spaniard had already chipped the ball over the Norwich defence for Costa to score. It was the kind of moment that marks out Fabregas as a special talent and demonstrated that what he may lack in physical speed, he more than makes up for in speed of thought.

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