Chelsea wins to boost Champions League chances

The win against Norwich sees Chelsea stay third in the Premier League table, four points ahead of Leicester City and Manchester United.

Olivier Giroud celebrates with his teammates after scoring against Norwich City.   -  AP

An underwhelming Chelsea boosted its chances of a berth in next seasons Champions League, overcoming a slow start to beat relegated Norwich City 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Olivier Giroud scored with virtually the last touch of the first half as Chelsea consolidated third place in the Premier League and moved four points above Leicester City and Manchester United in the battle for a top-four finish.


Olivier Giroud gave Chelsea the lead at the stroke of halftime.   -  Twitter/Giroud


It was an eighth successive league defeat for Norwich, which was already condemned to relegation after losing to West Ham United on Saturday.

Chelsea struggled to convert its overwhelming possession into goals but deserved the three points after a diving Giroud scored from point-blank range.

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