Norwich City Premier League A-Z: Results against Chelsea have often set tone for campaign
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Games against Chelsea haven't always been the most enjoyable for the Canaries but there have been a few memorable moments as Mark Armstrong reports.
- March 1, 2016 - Norwich 1 Chelsea 2
This was perhaps the moment City fans realised that relegation from the Premier League was more than a possibility under Alex Neil.
Defeat to Guus Hiddink's side saw the Canaries drop into the relegation zone as they lost for the eighth time in nine games. Kenedy drilled home after 39 seconds as Norwich got off to the worst possible start and Diego Costa doubled the Blues' lead, despite running from an offside position.
Nathan Redmond set up a grandstand finish but it wasn't enough as Cameron Jerome somehow hit the bar from six yards out. City would go on to win only three more of their remaining 10 games and their relegation was confirmed after a 4-2 win over Watford as Sunderland escaped the drop.
- May 4, 2014 - Chelsea 0 Norwich 0
City managed to put a dent in Chelsea's title hopes with a battling point but it left Neil Adams' side needing a miracle to avoid relegation. Having sacked Chris Hughton following defeat to West Brom, Adams was installed as interim manager and after defeats to Fulham and Liverpool, this proved to be his first point as City looked to catch Sunderland to avoid relegation.
Chelsea came closest to taking victory as John Terry went close whilst the Blues also hit the woodwork twice. Norwich felt they should have had a penalty in the first half when Martin Olsson appeared to be brought down by Terry.
The draw left City hoping victory against Arsenal on the final day could secure survival if Sunderland lost both their remaining games against West Brom and Swansea. A midweek win against the Baggies for Gus Poyet's men confirmed City's relegation.
- August 27, 2011 - Chelsea 3 Norwich 1
After riding the wave of successive promotions to the Premier League, City opened their top-flight campaign with draws against Wigan and Stoke before a 4-0 humbling in the League Cup at home to MK Dons.
The visit to Chelsea felt like the time that Norwich had properly returned to the big time once again, coming up against Andre Villas-Boas' men.
Jose Bosingwa's long range effort gave the home side the lead but Grant Holt took advantage of a blunder by Hilario to level the scores. John Ruddy's sending off for a foul on Ramirez proved the turning point and Frank Lampard smashed home the resultant penalty. Juan Mata then put a touch more gloss on the scoreline late on.
- October 16, 1993 - Chelsea 1 Norwich 2
Perhaps not many supporters will remember an away day in mid October 26 years ago in west London. However, you can bet that almost every single Norwich fan of a certain age will remember what happened a few days later.
For the record City eased to a 2-1 win over Glenn Hoddle's Chelsea as Ruel Fox finished off a flowing move in the first half to side-foot home after some excellent approach play down the left. Chris Sutton doubled the Canaries' lead in the second half when Mark Robins' effort was saved by Dmitri Kharine but the forward was there to swallow up the rebound. Gavin Peacock pulled one back but City held on to take victory.
Three days later they went to Bayern Munich in the second round of the Uefa Cup and produced perhaps the defining result in the club's history.
- August 19, 1992 - Norwich 2 Chelsea 1
Ask someone what their favourite Premier League goal is and a few names will crop up. Eric Cantona, Tony Yeboah, Ryan Giggs and Dalian Atkinson usually get a mention but one of Norwich's great Premier League goal contributions surely came from Mark Robins against Chelsea. Graham Stuart had opened the scoring for Chelsea when the midfielder got on the end of Andy Townsend's teasing cross to put the Londoners ahead.
However, Norwich came on strong in the second half and in the 57th minute David Phillips unleashed a 25-yard drive that caught out Dave Beasant at his near post and just two minutes later even better was to follow.
Gary Megson's ball over the top caught the Chelsea defence square and with Beasant off his line, Robins volleyed a delicious lob over the keeper to make it 2-1 and secure victory. One of the Premier League's great goals and it barely gets a mention... until now.
- MANAGER - MAURIZIO SARRI
The big question is whether the Italian will still be in charge at Stamford Bridge come next season, despite beating Arsenal 4-1 in the Europa League final.
The former Napoli supremo has spoken over the past week of missing his homeland, hinting at a possible return, just 12 months after succeeding Antonio Conte.
Juventus are reportedly circling having parted company with Max Allegri and Sarri's potential departure would appease some Chelsea fans, who have seen their side struggle to adapt to 'Sarri-ball'. The smart money would reportedly be on Frank Lampard coming in but whether the Chelsea legend could handle the step up from managing Derby would be open to question.
- LAST SEASON
It looked like Chelsea were going to be involved in a three-way race for the title alongside Manchester City and Liverpool during the early part of the campaign but a mid-season dip saw the Londoners fall away.
The decision to move Ngolo Kante further forward to accommodate Jorginho proved controversial with a lot of supporters, some of whom started to call for Sarri's head when it looked like they wouldn't make the top four.
However, a late rally saw Chelsea seal a third-placed finish, which said a lot more about the teams below them than it did about Sarri's men.
- NEXT SEASON
Much depends on the future of their talisman - Eden Hazard. The Belgian is being heavily tipped for a move to Real Madrid with a fee of around £90m being quoted.
The situation is complicated by the fact Chelsea face a two-window transfer ban for the transfer of young foreign players. That could start this summer so the Blues wouldn't have the chance to spend any of that money.
They do at least have USA forward Christian Pulisic coming in having agreed a deal to sign the 20-year-old from Borussia Dortmund in January before loaning him back to the German club. Much will be expected of him and he will certainly have some big boots to fill if, as seems likely, Hazard leaves.
- LAST 10 LEAGUE GAMES
- 2015/2016 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Tues, March 1, 2016 - Norwich 1 Chelsea 2
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 - Chelsea 1 Norwich 0
- 2013/2014 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Sun, May 4, 2014 - Chelsea 0 Norwich 0
Sun, Oct 6, 2013 - Norwich 1 Chelsea 3
- 2012/2013 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Weds, Dec 26, 2012 - Norwich 0 Chelsea 1
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 - Chelsea 4 Norwich 1
2011/2012 - PREMIER LEAGUE
Sat, Jan 21, 2012 - Norwich 0 Chelsea 0
Sat, Aug 27, 2011 - Chelsea 3 Norwich 1
2004/2005 - PREMIERSHIP
Sat, March 5, 2005 - Norwich 1 Chelsea 3
Sat, Dec 18, 2004 - Chelsea 4 Norwich 0