Chelsea took the lead inside the first minute against Norwich and the Blues never really looked back from that point onwards.

Guus Hiddink rotated heavily as he started Kenedy, Traore, Matic and Oscar and the Dutch manager continues to lead the Blues up the table with his relaxed approach.

Kenedy netted the opener, and quickest goal of the Premier League season, before Diego Costa scored a controversial second on the stroke of half-time and, even Norwich fans would admit, the Blues could have been several goals ahead by half time. Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard continued to show their respective returns to form whilst Norwich gave a brilliant example of why they have hardly got a Premier League point in 2016.

Eden Hazard played a delicate chipped ball onto the head of Fabregas during the first-half before the Spaniard made an utter mess of the header whilst Norwich were reduced to shots from distance and relatively minor opportunities. Alex Neil’s decision not to start Steven Naismith was questionable and the Canaries look set for relegation as their current form continues to haunt them.

Norwich had some early second half pressure, including a typical Cameron Jerome miss, forcing Guus Hiddink to introduce Willian and John Obi Mikel around the hour mark. The Brazilian and Nigerian have been Chelsea’s two best players since the Dutchman took the reins and have clearly earned the faith of the boss.

The Blues defence was broken down by a slick Norwich move in the second half and talented youngster Nathan Redmond fired past a hopeless Thibaut Courtois.

Chelsea bravely held out and Courtois, after some dodgy decision making of late, made some game changing saves.

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Sam Cox

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