Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Three talking points
Chelsea 0 Norwich 0: Three talking points as the Blues see their title hopes suffer a blow
Chelsea need a striker
Chelsea’s need for a top striker has been talked about all season long and it was highlighted better than ever on Sunday. Despite over 70 per cent possession, Chelsea lacked that top striker to really change the game and their 23 shots show the need. Demba Ba was really poor and Fernando Torres wasn’t much better after coming off the bench. If Chelsea are win to the league next season, they need someone who can net 20 or more goals – and the three at their disposal don’t seem capable of doing that. The squad for the most part is very good with the back four consistent and working well together and the likes of Eden Hazard and Namanja Matic impressing in midfield. The big difference between them and the two sides above them, though, is Liverpool strikers Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure at Manchester City. Their goals have been so important and Chelsea need someone to bring them goals.
Norwich’s relegation woe
Norwich’s awful goal difference means despite their heroic point, they are all but relegated. Two points from safety and a difficult game against Arsenal next week means a point for Sunderland in their last two games will relegate the Canaries. Fans will be wondering where the performance came from and why people had to wait so long for it. They battled well and more displays like that at the back may have seen them pick up more points. The writing has been on the wall for a while as they fell rapidly down the table and the decision to sack Chris Hughton has had close to no effect. Some supporters will be wondering whether the more experienced Hughton could have got more points to keep them up.
Title challenge over
Chelsea’s title chances were slim before today, but a 0-0 draw leaves Liverpool and City well clear above the Blues. For stretches of the season, Mourinho’s men were favourites, but the defeat by Sunderland at home and this point against Norwich has shown their frailties and few Chelsea fans will believe they deserved to lift the title. Attention will now have to turn to next season after one that has been disappointing with a rare year without silverware for Mourinho and Chelsea. Despite beating both Liverpool and City home and away, the slip ups against teams lower down the table have ultimately cost them any challenge going in to their final game next week.