Chelsea picked up their first three points of the season thanks to a hard-fought 3-2 win over Norwich, being pegged back twice before Tammy Abraham fired Frank Lampard to his first-ever win as a Premier League manager.
It took the visitors less than three minutes to break the deadlock at Carrow Road, with Abraham left unmarked in the penalty area to fire a low shot past Tim Krul, b
Key Talking Point
If there's one thing we've learned from Norwich's opening three games it's that if they do indeed stay in the Premier League, they're going to do so playing their way.
Another defensive display from the Canaries which would leave
Starting XI: Krul (6); Aarons (4), Hanley (6), Godfrey (8), Lewis (5); Leitner (7), Trybull (6), Cantwell (8), Stiepermann (7), Buendia (6); Pukki (9).
Substitutes: Vrancic (6), McLean (6), Srbeny (6).
STAR PLAYER - Was it ever going to be anyone else?
10 - Teemu Pukki is the 10th player to have scored in each of his first three @premierleague appearances, while only Pavel Pogrebnyak also scored as many as five in his first three in the competition. Command. #NORCHE— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) August 24, 2019
5 goals in 2.5 games for Teemu Pukki. That’s not a bad start to his Premier League career. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 24, 2019
Pukki means GOAT in Finnish. Wow.— VUJ (@DavidVujanic) August 24, 2019
More goals for Pukki vs Top 6 than Lukaku btw— Poison Ivy (@HausofDupre) August 24, 2019
Teemu Pukki's fifth goal in the Premier League already has seen him move top of the goalscoring charts for the time being, but the Finland international's ability in front of goal is arguably just his second-best attribute.
Proficiency in the box can often ebb and flow depending on form, but Pukki has shown his movement is up there with some of European football's household names, constantly staying on the last shoulder of the defender and getting himself in goalscoring positions.
Key Talking Point
Once again, Frank Lampard's side had spells in the match that showed how they could retain their place in the top six this season, with smart movement and passing routines causing Norwich a lot of problems in the final third.
Also once again, however, Chelsea's bright moments were too few and far between, often lacking any real cutting edge while also being undone by problems at the other end of the pitch.
Some individual quality proved to be the difference come full-time to grant Chelsea their first win of the season, but fans will be desperate to start winning games with at least a modicum of control over the next few weeks.
Starting XI: Kepa (6); Azpilicueta (7), Christiansen (6) Zouma (6), Emerson (6); Jorginho (6), Kovacic (6), Mount (8); Barkley (6), Abraham (8), Pulisic (7).
Substitutes: Giroud (6), Willian (6), Alonso (N/A).
STAR PLAYER - Tammy Abraham might have been the match-winner on Saturday, but where would Chelsea be without Mason Mount?
Play him at CAM, play him at CM, play him at LW...— Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) August 24, 2019
Mason Mount is just a footballer.
Mount and Abraham with the early goals. Great to see youth finally getting its chance at @ChelseaFC. Hopefully this ambitious approach will get the patience it deserves.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 24, 2019
Mount heading for the 2020 Euros while Pep’s still telling Foden he’s the greatest player ever to motivate him for Carabao Cup games vs Brentford— ً (@Kashaveli_) August 24, 2019
Mason Mount is going to be a monster. What a goal.— NepentheZ (@NepentheZ) August 24, 2019
The 20-year-old is the heartbeat of Frank Lampard's side and he provided the spark for almost everything good at Carrow Road, just like he was in their first two games against Manchester United and Leicester City.
He took his goal like a seasoned pro in a frantic first half of football in Norfolk, but it was his intelligence off the ball which has really helped earmark him as one for the future, as well as giving him a fast-track ticket to the first-team in west London.
Norwich have a Carabao Cup second-round match on the road to Crawley before they return to Premier League action next week, where they'll face an out-of-form West Ham at London Stadium.
Chelsea, meanwhile, are straight back to league football and will be hoping to string some form together when they welcome Sheffield United to Stamford Bridge.
Source : 90min