Chelsea supporters had all geared up to see an emphatic victory of their men in blue versus a weak Norwich City. The hope was kindled once the new kid in the town Tony Abraham gave them a lead in just three minutes of the match, his first goal in the Premier League so far in three appearances. The joy did not last long, as Todd Cantwell scored an equalizer three minutes later. Finally, Chelsea managed to clinch their first win in the premier league with a stunner from Mason Mount, who has been the player of the team so far and a winning score from Tony once again, nullifying the two scored by Norwich, the last of which was scored by the forward Pukki.

After three matches, Chelsea is now placed 10th in the table, a performance which will not make their illustrious man Frank Lampard grin in joy. Their defence is looking pathetic after the departure of David Luiz. They don’t even have a clue whether to defend or go with an all-out attack. The midfield is equally clueless, more so because of the absence of the industrious Kante. Jorginho is still a shadow of the previous season. Without Hazard who has left for Real Madrid and Kante, the coordination between the midfield and the attack is completely missing. Lampard seems to be having no idea what to do with the maverick Giroud, more so after Tony Abraham’s performance today. In policy to play either Pedro or Willian, the Chelsea management has already shattered the confidence of both, as neither of them has been given consecutive matches. Pulisic, their star signing this year is yet to cope with the EPL fervour. Of the young lot, only Mason Mount appears to be playing with a purpose and given constant support by the management he has all the qualities of becoming a player of the future.

However, it does not look like Chelsea is going to do something extraordinary to stop the critics too soon. Where is the fire in the team? Who is going to hold the ball? Who is going to create opportunities? Who is going to score in pressure matches? They almost lost a battle against a weak side like Norwich. I shudder to think what is in store for them against sides like Liverpool, Manchester City or even the rejuvenated Arsenal.

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