Chelsea are floundering in 15th but recorded just their third clean sheet of the season and only their fourth victory in 13 games against Norwich to move five points clear of the bottom three. The Champions (in name only) have virtually no chance of retaining their title following their worst start to a season in a very, very long time.
Chelsea’s 1-0 victory over Norwich was a lot better than the score line suggested. The side could have scored three or four goals in what was a dominate performance that saw the side have 21 efforts on goal. Norwich keeper John Ruddy kept the scoreline respectable. That being said, the away side did cause a problem or two for a low in confidence Chelsea side.
It’s been a dismal season for Chelsea and whilst they sit 12 points off of fourth placed Arsenal they still do have a chance, at least an outside chance of finishing in the top four. The main reason for this is the huge inconsistency of the top teams. No side has grabbed the season by the scruff of the neck and gone on a charge. Manchester City’s home defeat to Liverpool is a perfect example of this.
Anything can happen and in actual fact the quality of the league is quite poor so that Chelsea can remain in touching distance. The club should be about 20 points off of fourth given their awful start but Arsenal have lost three games already, as many as Chelsea lost all of last season.
Whilst Norwich is unlikely to spark a run of good form for Chelsea, the performances have gotten a bit better of late. Cesc Fabregas got an assist (his second of the season) and Costa, whilst missing some good chances did score a fine goal to make it 1-0. The major issue is Chelsea need to get firing in front of goal, they’ve been hugely wasteful this season, if they can find more goal scoring consistency and surge up the table a bit by January then they can have a chance of finishing in the top four. The way the season is going at the moment anything is possible.