Chelsea 0-0 Norwich City: Premier League match report and highlights

The Blues left frustrated by the Canaries in a result that benefits neither side. Watch highlights of Chelsea v Norwich […]

The Blues left frustrated by the Canaries in a result that benefits neither side.

Watch highlights of Chelsea v Norwich City here.

It was a frustrating match for Chelsea in the Premier League as relegation threatened Norwich City held them to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge.

The Canaries went into this game with the worst away record in the league and having lost their last eight matches on the road, but strong defending ensured they came away from west London with a point.

The result essentially ends any slim hopes the Blues had of winning the title, with both Liverpool and Manchester City a point ahead of them with a game in hand.

The biggest surprise was that the hosts’ manager Jose Mourinho started Eden Hazard from the bench, with many thinking the Belgian’s midweek comments was a big factor in this decision.

Without Hazard the home side looked stifled for creativity, with Willian working hard as always but to little effect, whilst their main threat in attack came from Andre Schurrle – who hit the post in the first-half.

It was therefore little surprise at half-time when Mourinho decided to bring the Belgium international on for Mohamed Salah, whilst David Luiz replaced the disappointing Nemanja Matic.

Whilst it was the 23-year-old who immediately injected the game with his creativity and skill, it was in fact Luiz who came the closest to scoring when he struck the post with a fierce shot.

There were three strong penalty shouts in the game, two for the Blues when Demba Ba was elbowed off the ball by Michael Turner and Hazard was brought down, and one for Norwich when John Terry appeared to foul Martin Olsson – all turned down by referee Neil Swarbrick.

Norwich now have to hope that Sunderland or West Bromwich Albion drop points in order to maintain their top flight status, whilst Mourinho is set to finish in third place for the first time in over a decade of management.

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