Norwich 0 Chelsea 1: Mata strike sees off Canaries for third straight win
As Chelsea feasted upon pre-Christmas goals against Aston Villa on Sunday, Juan Mata was strangely absent from a long list of scorers. How typically sensible that he seemed to have saved it for a day when it really counted.
Seven minutes before half-time, Mata collected a pass from the left, created himself a tiny pocket of space and lashed a shot inside the post. It was Chelsea’s 27th of the month but this time it was a story of quality not quantity.