Chelsea latest: Including Norwich reaction and Imbula interest

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Chelsea beat Norwich City 3-1 away at Carrow Road on Sunday with goals from Oscar, Eden Hazard and new signing Willian.

Both Hazard and Willian were substitutes by manager Jose Mourinho, leading The Mirror to describe the boss’ tactical changes as ‘genius’ to take all three points from the game in the last five minutes of the game.

Mourinho said he ‘took a risk’ with his substitutions this weekend – a risk that, ultimately, paid off.

"With the result at 1-0, they didn't risk it; they were waiting for their chance to score a goal. They scored and after that, the game is open football but I'm not here to defend a point, I'm here to try to win so I had to risk a little bit,” explained the Portuguese coach.

Mourinho told the BBC his tactics are always ‘fantastic’ in his post-match interview.

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Willian himself believes he’s ‘recovering’ his form with the Blues. The Brazilian summer signing is working towards full fitness and is ‘happy’ at Stamford Bridge.

"I am very happy to have made my Premier League debut this way," said Willian, speaking to Globo Esporte.

"I did well off the bench, doing what Mourinho asked me to do. I managed to start the move that led to the second goal and then I scored the third goal. It was very exciting and I am not only happy for the goal, but also for the win - which was important for our team.”

"I am slowly recovering my best form, gaining match fitness,” he added.

Meanwhile, striker Demba Ba was also 'pleased' with the win and his performance at the weekend.

"It was important as it gives us a lot of confidence and now we have two weeks to prepare for the next game," said the Blues striker.

"It was only a couple of hours before the game that I knew I was playing but I gave everything and I was happy with how it went today."

In teams, Ashley Cole suffered a rib injury against Norwich for which he will undergo a scan to determine the seriousness of ahead of the international break.

In transfer news, Chelsea have ‘confirmed’ they are ‘following’ Gianelli Imbula, the 21-year-old defensive midfield talent at Marseille, hailed as 'the new Makelele’.

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