An underwhelming Chelsea boosted their possibilities of a spot in subsequent seasons Champions League, overcoming a sluggish begin to beat relegated Norwich Metropolis 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud scored with nearly the final contact of the primary half as Chelsea consolidated third place within the Premier League and moved 4 factors above Leicester Metropolis and Manchester United within the battle for a top-four end.

It was an eighth successive league defeat for Norwich, who have been already condemned to relegation after dropping to West Ham United on Saturday.

Chelsea struggled to transform their overwhelming possession into objectives, failing even to fireplace a shot in anger earlier than Christian Pulisic hit one into the aspect netting within the 27th minute. His first contact allowed him to carry the ball down together with his again to aim and he then swivelled to shoot on track, forcing Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul to tip the ball excessive. Kurt Zouma then headed the resultant nook narrowly vast.

Chelsea's Olivier Giroud, right, is congratulated by teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Norwich City at Stamford Bridge in London, England, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud, proper, is congratulated by teammates after scoring his crew’s first aim in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Norwich Metropolis at Stamford Bridge in London, England, Tuesday, July 14, 2020.  
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Stress from Chelsea, who made 5 adjustments after dropping at Sheffield United on Saturday, finally paid off three minutes into first-half stoppage time when Pulisics cross was met by a diving Giroud to move house from point-blank vary.

“It was necessary to attain earlier than halftime however we must always have scored extra objectives. We had lots of possession,” Giroud mentioned. “I believe the crew was a bit below stress as a result of we would have liked the win. Our dedication to do properly tonight was very excessive however crucial was the three factors.”

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Norwich have been extra adventurous after the break however Chelsea nonetheless had the lions share of possession, with out creating too many possibilities. Pulisic pressured one other save out of Krul within the 75th minute as he acquired a contact onto the tip of a ball excessive of the defence from Giroud and the visiting keeper additionally pushed out Willians 89th-minute free kick.

Chelsea now flip their focus to the FA Cup the place they meet Manchester United in Sundays semi-final at Wembley.Norwich full their season within the high flight at house to Burnley this weekend and away at Manchester Metropolis subsequent.

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