- Chelsea edged Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday to boost their Champions League chances in the upcoming season.
Olivier Giroud’s last touch of the first half score was noteworthy as it earned Chelsea third place in the Premier League and moved four points above Leicester City and Manchester United in the battle for a top-four finale.
Luck was not on the relegated Norwich City’s side as they conceded their eighth successive league defeat for Norwich this came after they lost to West Ham United on Saturday.
Chelsea were determined to convert their overwhelming possession into goals, failing even to fire a shot in anger before Christian Pulisic hit one into the side netting in the 27th minute.
His first touch allowed him to bring the ball down with his back to goal and he then shot on target, forcing Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul to tip the ball over the top. Kurt Zouma then headed the resultant corner narrowly wide.
Giroud shared his opinion on the match and his belief in the club’s potential as he stated: “It was important to score before halftime but we should have scored more goals. We had a lot of possession,”
“I think the team was a bit under pressure because we needed the win. Our determination to do well tonight was very high but the most important was the three points.”
Chelsea took advantage of their chances after the break overpowering the adventurous Norwich. Pulisic forced another save out of Krul in the 75th minute as he got a touch onto the end of a ball over the top of the defense from Giroud and the visiting keeper also pushed out Willian’s 89th-minute free-kick.
Chelsea ‘s focus is now on the FA Cup where they meet Manchester United in Sunday’s semi-final at Wembley.