Guus Hiddink felt we could have made life easier for ourselves at Norwich but he still left Carrow Road a pleased man after we secured another three points.
Though the scoreline was the same as Saturday’s success at Southampton, the route to reach it was very different, with the Blues 2-0 up and in control at the break.
Norwich fought back in the second half and scored through Nathan Redmond midway through it, but we held firm to record a third straight league win. Hiddink’s assessment afterwards includes pros and cons…
‘We have now won a few games in a row which of course gives us satisfaction,’ he began.
‘But when I look at the game we were a bit sloppy with our finishing. We had a splendid start through Kenedy, a beautiful goal. After that we had some options to get a second in the first half which we did at the end, but before that we should have killed it off.
‘I am satisfied with the results we are getting but I always like to be critical with the way we could have finished it off earlier.’
Bertrand Traore made his first Premier League start while Kenedy scored his first goal
‘They are knocking on the door. They work seriously in training and then you have to play them, especially when there is a tight schedule. They need the experience of playing from the start in intense Premier League games which is why I don’t hesitate to bring them in.
‘Traore came on in the previous games and had good appearances with goals. Starting is a little bit different but it’s good to have that experience. He stumbled a couple of times when he normally could have scored but that is a good experience for him.’
Eden Hazard completed another 90 minutes and Hiddink was unconcerned he was limping towards the end
‘Eden has had a difficult time with injuries. It’s good he is playing full, intense games and then he will grow in physical shape. He had some discomfort but I don’t think it’s a big problem. Kenedy was subbed because he has what is hopefully only a small injury in his groin.’
The victory moves us up to eighth. We are currently five points behind fifth-placed Man Utd though they have a game in hand
‘Are they catchable? Well first of all we are happy we are away from the relegation zone, though that’s not the Chelsea style.
‘Now with the ambition of Chelsea we must set a new target and see what can we do in the direction of Europe. We have to keep on winning.
‘We have a tight schedule as everyone knows. The squad is not very broad so we hope everyone is on board in the upcoming time. If everyone is, with no big injuries, then we would like to go as high as possible towards the European spots