38 min: With options to his left and right, Ross Barkley tries a shot from the edge of the Norwich penalty area. The ball takes a deflection, loops up in the air and drops for Christian Pulisic on the byline. He’s unable to control it under pressure from Grant Hanley and puts it out for a goal-kick.
34 min: It’s one from the training ground, as Stiepermann touches the ball to Buendia, who advances several strides closer to goal before unleashing a shot. Kepa parries his effort and the ball drops to Grant Hanley. He shoots the rebound straight at the goalkeeper. A let-off for Chelsea, who are almost as bad in defence as their opponents.
31 min: Teemu Pukki gets goal side of Kurt Zouma, just about staying onside to get on a wonderful through ball from Buendia. From a tight angle, he hits a low diagonal shot goalwards. Kepa gets a decent touch on it but is unable to prevent the ball slowly rolling over the line. It’s a good finish from the Finn, but Chelsea’s goalkeeper should have kept it out.
GOAL! Norwich City 2-2 Chelsea (Pukki 31)
Teemu!!! Norwich restore parity again, with Teemu Puki scoring his fifth goal in three games.
28 min: Ben Godfrey is forced to dive in with a good challenge in his own penalty area, denying Jorginho a shooting opportunity just as the Brazilian was about to pull the trigger. Chelsea are getting into that Norwich penalty area way too easily. As impressive as they are going forward, Norwich are very poor defensively.
27 min: Chelsea win another free-kick, which Emerson wastes. In a good position to get a decent cross into the Norwich penalty area, he curls the ball straight out of play for a goal kick.
25 min: Chelsea win a corner, which is taken short from Mount to Barkley. The ball is crossed into the penalty area from the left, where Stiepermann loses Andreas Christensen. The Chelsea central defender stoop to head goalwards, but Tim Krul saves brilliantly, turning his effort away.
24 min: Norwich are forced to scramble the ball clear from their own penalty area, as Tammy Abraham and Mason Mount try to create an opening.
23 min: Christian Pulisic takes the ball past Ben Godfrey to get in a good position on the right side of the penalty area, only to slip before he can get a cross in. Norwich clear their lines.
21 min: Emerson Palmieri tries a pot-shot that’s blocked by Grant Hanley.
18 min: Norwich try to play the ball out from the back, but get caught out. A rogue pass is picked up by Christian Pulisic halfway inside the Norwich half. He plays the ball to Barkley, who picks out Mount with a clever ball. The midfielder gallops into space in the Norwich penalty area before thumping the ball past Tim Krul into the bottom right-hand corner.
GOAL! Norwich 1-2 Chelsea (Mount 17)
Chelsea retake the lead, with Mason Mount scoring his second goal in as many games.
15 min: Marco Stiepermann cynically hauls down Mateo Kovacic as he galloped towards the Norwich penalty area. Remarkably,m the Norwich midfielder escapes a booking, but Chelsea have a free-kick from about 35 yards out, in the inside right channel. Mason Mount swings the ball into the penalty area, where Stiepermann puts it out for a corner. Nothing comes of it.
13 min: Mason Mount attacks down the left flank for Chelsea, galloping into space left by Max Aarons, who lost the ball further up the field. The ball’s sent into the penalty area, where Grant Hanley heads clear. Chelsea attack the Norwich penalty area again, but Max Aarons is back in position to intercept and clear.
10 min: Jamal Lewis tries to release Teemu Pukki with a pass in behind Chelsea’s high defensive line. Andreas Christensen makes a crucial interception.
9 min: Norwich go forward again, with Jamal Lewis on the ball down the left flank. Mateo Kovacic does well to track back and relieve him of possession.
7 min: Outstanding against Newcastle last week, Todd Cantwell scores his first Premier League goal to level proceedings. Norwich scythed through the Chelsea defence, with Teemu Pukki finding himself in possession on the left side of the six yard box. He could have tried a shot, but unselfishly opted to square the ball instead. Bursting between defenders, Cantwell was on hand to fire home low and hard from five yards out.
GOAL! Norwich City 1-1 Chelsea (Cantwell 6)
And the home side equalises with a superbly worked goal.
5 min: A perfect start for Chelsea. They worked the ball cross-field from left flank to right, where Christian Pulisic held it up. Azpilicueta charged up his outside on the overlap, before looping in a cross from the right. Unmarked in the penalty area, Tammy Abraham took a touch to control it before slotting home.
GOAL! Norwich 0-1 Chelsea (Abraham 3)
Chelsea take the lead. Tammy Abraham scores his first goal for the club, getting on the end of a cross from Cesar Azpilicueta to slot home from about eight yards out.
3 min: Mason Mount takes a poor touch and lunges in on Marco Stiepermann. Free-kick for Norwich near the halfway line.
2 min: Norwich pass the ball around deep inside their own half, before getting it towards the halfway line and losing possession. They get it back again, as the games begins tentatively.
Norwich City v Chelsea is go!!!
1 min: Chelsea get the ball rolling, working it back towards goalkeeper Kepa, who gets an early touch.
Not long now: The teams line up in the narrow tunnel and make their way out on to the pitch. Norwich’s players wear their customary home kit of canary yellow and green shirts, green shorts and yellow socks. Chelsea’s players wear white shirts and shorts, with blue socks.
A late change for Chelsea: Pedro has injured his hamstring in the warm-up and will not play. Ross Barkley has been drafted in to replace him.
Frank Lampard speaks: “I certainly took in the appreciation from the fans,” he tells Jake Humphrey, in an interview recorded earlier this week. “I loved it and was very proud of it,” he says of the welcome he got from Chelsea fans at his first home game in charge. “I’m in work mode and don’t get too caught up in the emotion, because I’m too focussed.”
On his management style: |I try to be myself because I always felt as a player that I didn’t buy into managers who were trying to portray a certain personality,” he says. “You can’t have love every day. You can’t have toughness every day. You have to flip between them and try to find a balance.”
An email: “As a Chelsea fan it pains me to say it, but with Kante out injured and current form of both teams, I wouldn’t be surprised if Norwich nick the three points,” writes Tom Noble from Stockholm. “Even if Kante was fit, Jorginho tends to expose our shaky defence, especially against players like Pukki. I’m not his biggest fan but also quite surprised that Barkley hasn’t been given a proper chance yet. Oh well, here we go.”
I am inclined to agree with you Tom and would have fancied Norwich for this one, even with Kante in the side. Without him, I can see Chelsea’s midfield being over-run, much like they were at times against Manchester United and Leicester. We shall see.
Team news: Christian Pulisic and Tammy Abraham start for Chelsea, who will have to make do without N’Golo Kante this afternoon. For Norwich, |Daniel Farke fields the same team that performed so well against Newcastle last weekend.
Norwich v Chelsea line-ups
Norwich: Krul, Aarons, Hanley, Godfrey, Lewis, Leitner, Trybull, Cantwell, Stiepermann, Emi, Pukki.
Subs: Byram, Vrancic, Klose, Fahrmann, McLean, Tettey, Srbeny.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Zouma, Christensen, Emerson Palmieri, Kovacic, Jorginho, Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, Abraham.
Subs: Alonso, Barkley, Willian, Caballero, Giroud, Batshuayi, Tomori.
Referee: Martin Atkinson (W Yorkshire)
Early team news: Central defender Timm Klose returned to Norwich training after recovering from a hip injury, while his fellow defender Christoph Zimmermann is also back after knee surgery, but unlikely to play any part today. Winger Onel Hernandez underwent knee surgery this week and will not feature, while reserve striker Josip Drmic is a doubt due to a hamstring problem. For Chelsea, N’golo Kante is a major doubt with a minor ankle injury that will be assessed ahead of kick-off.
Premier League: Norwich City v Chelsea
Carrow Road is the setting for what promises to be an intriguing encounter. Frank Lampard arrives still looking for that elusive first win in charge of Chelsea, while Norwich fans will be buoyed by a win over Newcastle last weekend that could scarcely have been more emphatic. Kick-off is at 12.30pm (BST), but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.