Chelsea: Mourinho's Average Start Makes Away Win At Norwich Crucial

For Chelsea away at Carrow Road today, it'll be intriguing to see if golden boy turned bench-warmer Juan Mata starts in what's turning out to be a must win game. After all, lose and they could be stuck in mid-table with Man United... Who would have thought that a month ago?
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For Chelsea away at Carrow Road today, it'll be intriguing to see if golden boy turned bench-warmer Juan Mata starts in what's turning out to be a must win game. After all, lose and they could be stuck in mid-table with Man United... Who would have thought that a month ago?

To most Chelsea fans Sunday’s game against Norwich is just one of nineteen away games in the battle for the Premier League.

After an average start to the season, fans will look to this game as a must win.

However for me it is a little more significant as the game is a truly family affair featuring my Mum, my Dad and my sister and we are not all on the same side.

The whole family will travel to Carrow Road to watch the game. Whilst my dad and sister will join me in the away section, my mum will keep walking past the South Stand to make her way to the other side of the stadium to her season ticket seat.

I want Chelsea to win but a victory for either side will cause serious family tension, these two games are when family ties are tested to the limit.

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It never used to be this way. When I first started watching Chelsea, Norwich were the more prolific side competing at the top of the league and beating Bayern Munich in the UEFA Cup.

However for years we were able to avoid this family rivalry as Norwich slipped into the Championship for over a decade. Even when Norwich had a brief sojourn in the top league 2004/2005 they obliged with 6 points. Back to the wilderness they went and it was tough to see a club that meant so much to my mum languish in League One.

Now after the work of Paul Lambert, Norwich are back and in their third season in the Premier League and a tough side to beat at home.

Last year it took one moment of magic from Juan Mata to squeak a win; back then he was the first name on the teamsheet, whereas now it will be interesting to see if he is in the team again after a slow start and a public pep talk from Mourinho.

Norwich have a good team and have strengthened defensively but Chelsea should have the tools to break them down and get a goal.

I am confident heading into the game, but hope whatever the score, all is harmonious on the drive home.

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