Norwich 1-2 Chelsea: Five talking points
Chelsea are on the up while Norwich are looking over their shoulders with fears of relegation.
Diego Costa and Kennedy were on target as Chelsea scraped a 2-1 victory over Norwich at Carrow Road. The Blues recent run of good form helped them climb up to eighth spot in the Premier League table, while the loss for Norwich means that the Canaries were pushed into the dreaded bottom three, tied on points with Sunderland and Newcastle.The Blues fired themselves into the lead within the first minute of the game as Kennedy recorded the fastest goal of the Premier League this season, recorded at 39 seconds. The second came at the other extreme of the first-half as Douglas Costa sneaked in to hit his eleventh goal of the Premier League campaign during the added minutes.Norwich fought valiantly in the second half and gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Nathan Redmond scored. However, that was all that the Canaries could summon as they stumbled to their sixteenth league defeat this season.Here at the five talking points from the game at Carrow road:
#1 Kenedy impresses
Young Brazilian left-back Kenedy was given his first chance to shine under Guus Hiddink and he took it with arms wide open. The South American not only was astute defensively but also gave Chelsea the early boost propelling them to victory.
The Chelsea defence has looked a shambles this year with players struggling to find form. Only in recent times have the Blues been able to come up with a defensive line that in the least gave a semblance of authority at the back, albeit because of injuries to key figures.
The pairing of Branislav Ivanovic alongside Gary Cahill looks to be at least solid. With Cesar Azpilicueta shifting to the right, the only spot with a question mark was the left-back one.
This internal shifting has meant the coming to the fore of some new names at the left-back spot. While Abdul Baba-Rahman impressed with his display against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League clash, the ex-Augsburg man had to be hauled off at half-time against Southampton for his costly mistake.
That opened the gates for Kenedy and he enthralled us all with he quickest goal in the league this season and what a goal it was! The 20-year-old showed some of the touches we associate with South Americans as he dropped his shoulder to beat a couple of men and then hit a ravishing low drive to nestle the ball into the bottom left hand corner of John Ruddy's net.