Norwich City manager Daniel Farke admitted his team’s failure to nullify Blues duo Kovacic and Jorginho made it very difficult for them to compete against Chelsea in Saturday’s 7-0 defeat.
The seven goals aside, the home side even managed to limit Farke’s men to just three shots, with only one being on target.
Norwich also had to play with 10 men in the final 25 minutes of the game. Chelsea had a four-goal lead at that point but then added three more goals, having a man advantage.
According to Farke, his team’s not being able to execute the plan to nullify two key Chelsea players played a big part in the humiliating defeat. He told BBC MOTD:
“It’s an unbelievably tough day. In all areas, we were not good enough for this level. We spoke about this before the game. We were nowhere near to what we can play.
“It’s important to always put pressure on Jorginho and Kovacic and also to protect the runs. I wish we’d done better in certain situations. We didn’t show enough quality to be competitive.”
Mateo Kovačić against Norwich: ◉ Most touches (97) ◉ Most passes in final third (36) ◉ Most chances created (6) ◉ Most duels won (6) ◉ Most tackles (5) ◉ Most assists (2) — Squawka Football (@Squawka)
Jorginho in the first half against Norwich: ◉ Most touches (68) ◉ Most passes in final 1/3 (20) ◉ Most possession won (6) ◉ Most duels won (5) ◉ Most tackles (3) ◉ Most fouls won (2) ◉ Most interceptions (1) And he has an assist to his name. — Squawka Football (@Squawka)
Even some Chelsea fans might be surprised that Jorginho and Kovacic had that much space in Norwich’s half. The pair pretty much had all the time they needed to dictate the tempo and make plays.