Could do little to stop Mata’s brilliant strike, but generally did well enough for the rest of the match, making good stops from Moses and Hazard.
Back in the team for the injured Whittaker had did not play particularly badly, contending well with both Oscar and Moses, but found Cole a bit of a pain and did not offer much support to Snodgrass further forward.
Showcased some pretty terrible passing early on, but improved quite quickly. At the back he did not have much to deal with as Chelsea rarely attacked down their right. He got forward whenever he could, but his crossing was not great.
Looked like a catastrophe waiting to happen at times. Towards the end of the match, he gave possession away very cheaply at the back, but thankfully for him Chelsea could not capitalize.
The better of Norwich’s central defensive pairing and he made a lot of clearances and did fairly well to keep Torres quite for much of the match. Showed some wayward passing and lost possession on occasion, however.
Had quite a battle on his hands up against Ashley Cole and ultimately lost it resoundingly. Did not beat his marker once and put in a maximum of three crosses all match.
It was difficult to determine what he was actually supposed to be doing at times. Usually he is used as a shield in front of the defense, but on occasion he was following Luiz around to no effect whatsoever. His passing was accurate and positive, but far less impressive without the ball. Booked late on for diving and was taken off immediately.
One of the Norwegian’s poorer performances since his summer move from Rennes. He hassled and harried the Chelsea midfield, but had little effect against Luiz, while he passing was rather poor.
Saw plenty of the ball and generally evaded the attentions of Mikel and Luiz quite well, but his creativity was a little stifled. He showed plenty of energy and urgency, but Norwich’s other forward players often found themselves crowded, giving Hoolahan few options to find.
The former Huddersfield man has been on a rich run of form in recent weeks, but he could not do much up against Azpilicueta who dealt very well with him. He struggled to get crosses in and rarely beat the Spaniard.
There were no shortage of balls smacked up towards him, but the striker struggled considerably with Gary Cahill. The England international won a large number of the headers against Holt, marshaling him very well.
The Chelsea goalkeeper had a quiet game at Carrow Road. In the first half he had virtually nothing to do, as Norwich failed to get a shot on target, while he was not much busier after the break.
Some of the Serbian’s passing was comically bad, but thankfully for him and Chelsea Norwich did not punish them. Defensively, however, Ivanovic had a decent game, sweeping up anything that got past Cahill.
The England international was potentially facing one of his more physical battles of the season against Grant Holt, but it ended up being far easier than he would have anticipated. Cahill won header after header, and produced several well-timed tackles. Good performance.
Could not rest on his laurels as Snodgrass threatened to become a danger, but Cole had the better of their duel, halting the winger several times, even preventing the Scot tapping in at the far post in the first half.
Various defensive calamities in his Chelsea career suggested he may be better suited to midfield and he has certainly taken to his new position with comfort. Against Norwich his passing was excellent and his driving runs were just as effective, but did not leave a gaping hole in defense as has happened before.
Hardly endeared himself to the Norwich fans by diving, possibly twice, in the first half. Did not seem too interested in attacking from his right-back position, but defensively he was rock solid, keeping Pilkington very quiet.
Very quiet in the early stages, but Chelsea’s awakening unsurprisingly intertwined with Mata’s late arrival. Opened the scoring with a great strike just before half-time and looked dangerous throughout. There have not been many more consistent players in the Premier League so far this season.
The Nigeria international certainly has the confidence of Rafa Benitez and he looked dangerous again in Norwich. He produced some delightful flicks in the attacking third, dribbled well and passed with intelligence despite going quiet for stretches of the match.
J. Obi Mikel
Although some of his passes were poor, gifting possession to Norwich, he kept Chelsea ticking over in the center, moving the ball on just as soon as receiving it. Probably should have done more to shackle Hoolahan, however.
After his move from Internacional in the summer, Oscar nailed down a place in the team under Roberto Di Matteo, but Benitez does not seem so convinced. However, he got a start against Norwich and did alright without being spectacular.
Seemed to be one of those days for Torres, as crosses, clearances and passes refused to drop kindly for him, while he also had shots blocked in the area. One cannot fault his effort for most of the match, but it took about 35 minutes to realised he was actually on the pitch.