Chelsea manger Jose Mourinho knows better than most that 3 points is usually more important than the performance.
It was cagey at times agist Norwich but a 1-0 win will have given Jose a good night of sleep on Saturday.
And it’s also important to point out that, having watched the game in its entirety, Chelsea did look good.
They passed the ball with speed and penetrated Norwich’s back line on numerous occasions.
In his press conference on Monday, Jose said of the Norwich game:
“We did well against Norwich and in previous matches where we lost, so we need to try and keep our levels the same.
“I like the confidence the team showed against Norwich, under the pressure of needing a result. My players are confident, and are getting their confidence back and hopefully tomorrow we can do more.”
Ad he also sounded a general battle cry:
“We know we had bad results for a significant period of time and we need to keep getting results for our happiness, pride and for the people that support us – the Chelsea fans,”
And they will want to keep the momentum going in a must win game against a pointless Maccabi Tel-Aviv on Tuesday night.
With Kiev just two points behind The Blues, Chelsea need to win here to avoid last round anxst.
And we think that they will win this one. They have a largely fit squad and the remaining absentees, Falcao and Courtois, are not too far away from a return to action.
Jose suggested in his pre-match press conference that no further injuries were suffered on Saturday. Chelsea do have a tricky trip to Tottenham at the weekend but they will be thinking only about 3 points at Maccabi right now.
With this in mind, here is our strongest XI for the game.