Chelsea bounced back from defeat to Sheffield United with a 1-0 win over relegated Norwich that moves Frank Lampard’s side four points clear of Leicester and Manchester United in the battle for Champions League qualification in the Premier League.
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The victory gives the Blues 63 points from 36 matches while The Foxes and United are on 59 with a match still in hand.
The vital three points were secured just before half-time, when Olivier Giroud headed home an inch-perfect in-swinging cross from Christian Pulisic from close range.
Chelsea will visit Old Trafford on Sunday for an FA Cup clash against United, before travelling to Liverpool three days later for a critical Premier League clash.
Norwich, who have just 21 points from 36 matches, will host Burnley on Saturday.