London: Jose Mourinho will know that Chelsea’s start to the season has been lukewarm, and will be looking for three points against Norwich, who won’t make it easy at Carrow Road.
Chelsea have not yet won a match away from home in the Premier League this season, and Jose Mourinho has accepted that his side are far from the finished article and need a lot of work.
“We have a lot to improve, we have a lot to work. We will have moments of ups and downs, because teams of this profile, with young people, with some people that are not mature, the normal tendency is that performances are not always very stable. We will have our ups and downs for sure. I’m ready for that.”
The Chelsea boss is apprehensive about facing Norwich, and has praised Norwich manager Chris Hughton for his work in the summer transfer window. “They brought in good players, players with future, not just the next couple of years. The squad is very good. The manager in my opinion is good too. I like the way he coaches.”
Norwich’s Anthony Pilkington is excited for the match against Chelsea, and is backing his side for a result.
Pilkington, who returned after injury to put in a stirring attacking midfield performance in the victory at Stoke last weekend, said: “Even though we are all professionals, everyone loves playing against the big teams in the big games. As a player, I can tell you first hand that when you get games like Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, you enjoy it a lot more.
“You always seem to put in that extra yard and do that bit more than maybe you would against a Stoke. But last week we did really well and came away with a good result. We were really confident and hopefully we can take that confidence into Chelsea on Sunday.
“Last season when we got results at home against Manchester United and Arsenal the tempo was really up there. We were in their faces and picked up some really good points against the really big teams and we'll look to do that again.”
Norwich manager Chris Hughton’s only problem was to decide on the fitness of defender Sebastien Bassong, who has been suffering from a hamstring injury.
In other matches, Southampton take on Swansea while Tottenham Hotspur face West Ham United. West Bromwich Albion will challenge Arsenal.