Contributor Jess, season ticket holder at Norwich, breaks down the home games in depth, providing key insights from their matches at Carrow Road from an FPL perspective
Norwich 2-3 Chelsea
Goals: Cantwell, Pukki; Abraham (2), Mount.
Assists: Pukki, Buendia; Azpilicueta, Pulisic, Kovačić.
Given the defensive stability of both these teams, we were very much expecting an attack vs attack approach to this match.
Neither team wasted any time in utilising this tactic, either, with Tammy Abraham putting in a smooth half-volley from a Cesar Azpilicueta cross after just 3 minutes.
And just 3 minutes later, Norwich found an equaliser. Emi Buendia started the move, with an excellent run beating two players, before offloading to Todd Cantwell, who linked up beautifully with Teemu Pukki, resulting in the Finn squaring for the youngster to net his first Premier League goal.Embed from Getty Images
And the fast start didn’t end there, as Chelsea netted on 17 minutes through Mason Mount, as a result of the Canaries’ poor passing from the back.
From there, Jorginho fed in Christian Pulisic, who touched the ball off for Mount, and Mount did the rest; cutting inside of Hanley before firing an emphatic finish past Tim Krul.
Norwich did also allow Andreas Christensen a golden opportunity not long after, but his header brought a brilliant reaction save from the Dutchman.
There was, of course, still time in the first half for Norwich to equalise once more, with Buendia slotting a classy ball through to Pukki, who did what he does best, with a little bit of help from Kepa Arrizabalaga’s poor goalkeeping.Embed from Getty Images
City did also show us a free-kick routine, with Buendia forcing another unconvincing save from Kepa before half time.
Into the second half, both sides forced decent saves from the other’s goalkeepers, with Emerson’s effort being impressively caught by Krul, while Teemu Pukki was denied by Kepa’s high, reaching catch.
It was from this that Chelsea got their eventual winning goal, with Kepa bowling the ball out to Barkley, who went sideways to Mateo Kovacic.
The Croatian international picked out a beautiful forwards pass, from just past halfway, to Tammy Abraham, who received it around 30 yards from goal, and left both Grant Hanley and Ben Godfrey for dead, before finishing classily from the right side of the “D”.Embed from Getty Images
Norwich did have one more chance of note, with Ben Godfrey nodding against the crossbar in front of the Barclay from a corner, but it simply wasn’t to be for the Canaries on this particular day.
So, as we know, Teemu Pukki can clearly do it against even the bigger teams in the league. He is now priced at £7.0m in FPL, but still seems as if he should be very good value for that price.
As the league’s joint-top scorer so far this season, the Finn seems to be showing no signs of relenting, especially given the fact he has already played against 2 of the top 6 teams in his first 3 games.
His stats of 5 goals and 1 assist averages out at 2 goal contributions per match, which is exceptional value, and surely a convincing enough stat to convince anyone who hasn’t yet bought him to come to the Pukki Party.Embed from Getty Images
Next up, another good performance from Todd Cantwell in this match proved his potential, despite his £4.7m price tag.
The English youngster scored his first Premier League goal in this match, and was once again a big part of everything that the Canaries did, although he was perhaps outshone by Emiliano Buendia (£6.0m).
The Argentine notched his second assist of the season, sliding Pukki in for City’s second goal, and also had a decent shot saved in the first half.
Given he is also on corners, and free kicks while Vrancic isn’t on, he does have potential, but at £6.0m, there are definitely better options at other clubs.Embed from Getty Images
Also, having been at the match, there were two obvious Chelsea assets who impressed me, the first being Mason Mount. The £6.2m midfielder once again impressed for the Blues, scoring his second goal in as many matches.
But what really impressed me about him was his mental strength, after, in my opinion, an unfair amount of heckling from the Snake Pit, as he went over to take some early corners.
He found the perfect response to this, with a brilliant finish on 17 minutes to silence those home supporters, contributing to a brilliant all-round performance from the Chelsea academy graduate, playing in behind Tammy Abraham.Embed from Getty Images
Speaking of Abraham, he also was impressive, with his two goals being just the tip of the iceberg, in a very good performance.
The striker showed great energy in this match, in hot, testing conditions, and his running and work rate was much better than you’d expect from such a big player.
Admittedly, he wasn’t quite the presence of his teammate Olivier Giroud, but this isn’t the way seems to want to play. He was more content dragging players around the field with his movement, rather than focusing on hold-up play.
This definitely seemed to work for him on Saturday, as his two goals showed. The first, especially, showed his predatory instinct, and his brilliant finishing ability.Embed from Getty Images
Overall, it was a brilliant attacking performance from both sides, but defensively, it was no doubt one to forget for most.
I’d definitely steer clear of defenders from Norwich and Chelsea for now, but by all means, jump on their attacking assets, before you get left behind.