Chelsea 0-0 Norwich City: Mourinho’s side heading out of title race

Chelsea 0 - 0 Norwich City

    Ref: Neil Swarbrick
    Attendance: 41,602

    Chelsea Pride Of London

    A goalless draw saw Chelsea fall further behind in the Premier League title race.

    Chelsea’s Premier League title challenge took a severe blow on Sunday as they were held to a goalless draw by Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

    Failure to pick up a win at home against the 18th-placed Canaries meant that Jose Mourinho’s side are now third in the league table with 79 points from 37 matches.

    The London outfit will be out of the title race if Liverpool beat Crystal Palace away from home on Monday.

    The Blues were the better team in the opening minutes and forced Norwich goalkeeper John Ruddy into making a save as early as the fourth minute.

    The Canaries started to get a foothold in the game, but could have gone behind on 15 minutes had Demba Ba’s cross from the left flank been better, with Andre Schurrle luring unmarked inside the area.

    Minutes later Norwich squandered a great chance to surge ahead at the Bridge when Robert Snodgrass failed to convert a Martin Olsson cross from close range, before John Terry headed a Schurrle corner straight at Ruddy.

    Chelsea were unlucky not to surge ahead just past the half-hour mark when Schurrle’s curling effort came back off the post.

    Mourinho’s side were denied by the frame of the Norwich goal again just two minutes into the second period when David Luiz’s ferocious effort struck the crossbar.

    The hosts continued to dominate proceedings as the second period progressed, with Luiz heading off target from a corner on 66 minutes.

    Eden Hazard forced out a save from Ruddy 11 minutes from time as Chelsea continued to ask the questions, but eventually they had to settle for a goalless draw.

    Statistics

    Chelsea

    Norwich City

    Possession

    71.3%
    28.7%

    Shots on target

    Total shots

    Team Lineups

    Chelsea

    • Mark Schwarzer
    • John Terry
    • Ashley Cole
    • Gary Cahill
    • Branislav Ivanovic
    • André Schürrle
    • Mohamed Salah
    • Frank Lampard
    • Willian
    • Nemanja Matic
    • Demba Ba

    Substitutes

    • Marco Van Ginkel
    • Tomas Kalas
    • Samuel Eto'o
    • Fernando Torres
    • Henrique Hilario
    • David Luiz
    • Eden Hazard

    Norwich City

    • John Ruddy
    • Russell Martin
    • Steven Whittaker
    • Michael Turner
    • Ryan Bennett
    • Martin Olsson
    • Alexander Tettey
    • Jonny Howson
    • Robert Snodgrass
    • Bradley Johnson
    • Johan Elmander

    Substitutes

    • Gary Hooper
    • Elliott Bennett
    • Leroy Fer
    • Mark Bunn
    • Ricky van Wolfswinkel
    • Sebastien Bassong
    • Nathan Redmond

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