London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – Norwich City spoiled Chelsea’s Premier League title chances after forcing Jose Mourinho’s ward to a scoreless draw Sunday at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea was in a must-win situation as it sat just one point behind Liverpool and Manchester City but Mourinho’s men failed to find the back of the net.
Mourinho’s title hopes will end if Liverpool wins over Crystal Palace Monday, while Manchester City will keep Chelsea to third position if it wins over Aston Villa Wednesday.
“We had one team that needed three points to have a chance to survive and they didn’t play to win, and you have a team that needs one point to finish third and in the Champions League group phase,” Mourinho said.
“In the first half we were very slow. The players were playing really slow, no intensity. In the second half, yes, the intensity was completely different. The players wanted much, much more and we tried everything,” he added.
Norwich, for its part, ended a run of five straight league defeats but Sunderland’s 1-0 triumph over Manchester United means that Neil Adams’ side must beat Arsenal on the final weekend.
Also, Adams must hope that Sunderland, who hold a vastly superior goal difference, lose its remaining home matches to West Bromwich Albion and Swansea City.
“Full credit to the players. It was a phenomenal effort. We executed the gameplan virtually to perfection,” Adams said. “We need a bit of luck now, we’ll be keeping everything crossed and if it comes to Sunday and we need a result, then we’ll be ready.”
Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud’s 16th Premier League goal of the season sealed a 1-0 victory for Arsenal over West Bromwich Albion at Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman met Santi Cazorla’s left-wing corner with a powerful downward header in the 14th minute, ensuring Arsene Wenger’s men picked up their fourth league win in a row.
Everton’s 3-2 defeat by Manchester City Saturday meant Arsenal was assured of a UEFA Champions League berth for a 17th successive campaign.