Chelsea celebrate first victory with a 3-2 win over Norwich City

Chelsea F.C.

‘Super’ Frank Lampard and his men secured their first Premier League win last weekend against the strong and determined Norwich City.

It was Chelsea’s young stars, Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount that were the Blues goal scorers. N’golo Kante was missing due to injury and so it was down to the youngsters, who didn’t disappoint, with Mount netting one and Abraham adding two to the scoresheet to send Chelsea to victory. A late hamstring injury to Pedro during the warm-up saw Ross Barkley make Lampard’s starting line-up, which had an average age of 24 years old and brought about some criticism regarding inexperience but after that performance at Carrow Road, the sound of cheers will have hopefully drowned out all that hate.

Blue is the colour, football is the game, we’re all together and winning is our aim, so cheer us on through the sun and rain, ’cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name

Chelsea had gotten off to a slow start this season, losing 4-0 to Manchester United in their first fixture and drawing at Stamford Bridge to Leicester City, which Lampard plainly stated he wasn’t too pleased about. But now the ex-midfielder turned manager needn’t worry, with a win finally under his belt, he’ll be feeling pleased and proud of his players, and so he should as it was a fine performance from his side. Lampard has constantly spoken about wanting his team to press forward and have a more attacking style of play, which was exactly what was seen on Saturday.

After just three minutes, Chelsea opened the scoring with Abraham’s volley after finding a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta. It was a lovely set that started with Christian Pulisic, who maintained great control of the ball before passing it to Azpilicueta, to assist in a perfect start for the Blues. But Norwich City soon equalised as Emiliano Buendía got past Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho to find Pukki, who crossed it to Todd Cantwell and took it home for the Canaries. Carrow Road erupted under the British sun, though it was short-lived when in the 16th minute Mason Mount found the back of the net to score his second goal for Chelsea. And the away side were roaring.

The ball came from an impressive pass from Pulisic, which Mount then powerfully put past Tim Krul to put Chelsea back out in front. It marked Pulisic’s second assist of the game and the American was causing all sorts of problems for Norwich City. With the Blues demonstrating how aggressive they could be, Norwich’s defence could definitely feel the pressure as Chelsea seemed to be in their penalty box a lot more than the Canaries would have liked them to be. By the end of the game, Chelsea had amassed 23 goal attempts, with 8 of these being on target compared to Norwich City’s 6, with 5 on target, though that’s not to say that the Canaries weren’t causing problems of their own for Chelsea.

After Mount had restored the lead for Chelsea, Norwich soon equalised for a second time with goal scoring whirlwind Teemu Pukki, so it seems Chelsea’s defence also has room for improvement. Pukki goal was his fifth of the Premier League season thus far and Norwich were back in the race for the three points as well as the prospect of a 12-game unbeaten run on home turf.

In the second half, the game got quieter and Chelsea dominated with possession, having better control of the ball than their opponents. Both sides were eager to achieve the winning goal but Chelsea seemed to be pressing harder and digging deeper, with attempt after attempt and effort after effort coming from the Blues side.

At 61 minutes, Azpilicueta was sent down in the penalty area by a challenge made by Marco Stiepermann but both the referee and VAR dismissed it, despite it quite obviously being a clear foul. Understandably, Chelsea were upset by this as it denied them the opportunity to produce a third goal but in less than ten minutes their prayers were heard. Mateo Kovacic made a breakthrough, delivering a praiseworthy pass to Abraham who sprinted past two defenders and drove the ball into the bottom corner of Norwich’s goal. Chelsea took the lead once more!

Blue is the colour, football is the game, we’re all together and winning is our aim, so cheer us on through the sun and rain, ’cause Chelsea, Chelsea is our name

At 72 minutes, the tension peaked again when Ben Godfrey’s shot hit the cross-bar but luckily, Chelsea remained ahead. The Blues found the back of the net again with just less than ten minutes to go until full-time but VAR – the judge and jury of football – dismissed it as a goal once again, with the VAR officials stating that Olivier Giroud jumped into Norwich goalkeeper, Tim Krul. This matter is still up for debate.

Nevertheless, Super Frank got his first win as a Chelsea manager. It was a tough game and Norwich have definitely proved that they are a team that shouldn’t be underestimated, pulling back to equalise twice with the Blues but Chelsea were the more impressive team on Saturday. Chelsea’s young players shined at Carrow Road and Tammy Abraham will have definitely silenced the critics now after landing two goals for his side, which will do wonders for his confidence. It is evident that Lampard has a great relationship with his players, as after Abraham scored his first goal, he ran straight up to his manager to embrace him. Morale is high at Chelsea and the players are hungry to do themselves, Lampard and their team proud, which is good motivation during play.

Chelsea will be looking to get another three points this weekend when they meet Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge. Could it be another goal-thriller?