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Costa Ensures Narrow, Unconvincing Win

Costa Scores

By Gary Watton
November 23 2015

Strike up the band and book an open-top bus procession, because Chelsea have just stuffed the mighty Norwich City by one goal to nil, and at home too. It don't get much more impressive than that. Well actually it does, but given the miserable start to this season, our triumph against the humble Canaries needs to be celebrated, because there has been scant cause for rejoicing since the summer.

The champions now climb to the dizzying heights of fifteenth position, and are three points closer to Premiership survival. Seriously, they are! What is even more laughable is that whilst one team in blue advanced to the top of the Premiership table, another team in blue climbed away ever so slightly from the basement of the Premiership. Bookmakers would have offered you whatever odds that you requested if you had suggested back in August that the end of November table-toppers would be Leicester City and the relegation strugglers would be Chelsea.

However, given the spanking dished out to Manchester Wannabes on Saturday, allied with a setback for self-important Arsenic, then this league campaign is proving to be a graveyard for big egos and their big clubs. Suddenly, David is licking his lips and Goliath is having to run for cover. That said, Mourinho has been a tad unlucky that his under-achieving team have not been drawn against the three promoted teams much earlier, as there really ought to be rich pickings against Bournemouth, Norwich, and Watford, as Saturday past has already demonstrated. Not that the Canaries were a pushover, and indeed although they were distinctly mediocre, a Chelsea team low on confidence made mighty hard work of overcoming their visitors.

At least Diego Costa returned to goalscoring ways, although he seems to be scoring one goal per month, pointing to an end-of-season total of ten, which is hardly a cosmic return for his huge salary. Begovic and his defence even earned themselves a rare clean sheet, almost as rare as the endangered white rhinos. It was probably a mercy killing that the awful Rahman was omitted, but why Dave Azpilicueta was also sacrificed was beyond logic. At least Jose gave a start to young Kenedy to see if he could pass his audition as the new left back. The jury remains out on that one. With the still scoreless Hazard now probing defenders from his new role at 'number ten', maybe Chelsea will find a new creative dynamic. Unfortunately, as long as the cautious one instructs most of the team to stay well behind the ball, there will remain few bodies in the penalty area poised to get on the end of chances. Goals will continue to be few and far between, in this tactical scenario. Oh well, we can but hope that Maccabi on Tuesday night will be as generous as they were back in September. It's not every day that we get the luxury of playing a soft touch, and tomorrow night we darn well better make the most of it. The Blues need to get a roll going now - and no more excuses, s'il vous plait.


CHELSEA 1 Norwich City 0; half time: 0-0.

Chelsea goal scorer: Costa

CHELSEA team: Begovic; Ivanovic; Kenedy; Terry; Zouma; Matic; Hazard; Fabregas; Costa; Willian; Pedro. Used substitutes: Oscar; Ramires; Azpilicueta.




Willian five goals

Costa four goals

Ramires three goals

Oscar two goals

Pedro two goals

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