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Thursday 19 October 2017

Blues ace Matic targets Euro spot

Nemanja Matic Photo: Getty Images
Nemanja Matic Photo: Getty Images

Nemanja Matic wants Chelsea to finish the season with a flourish and a 13-game winning streak which could see them break into the Premier League's European places.

Not content with three wins in a row after the 2-1 win at Norwich, Matic is targeting victory in the remaining 10 games, too.

Chelsea, last season's champions, climbed to eighth with the win, five points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United and eight adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.

"It's very important to win games," Matic said.

"We're a big team and we have to do this if we want to be closer to the first four. It's very difficult to catch them, but we'll try our best to win every game.

"I think we can be in the first six, but we will try to win every game. I know it's difficult, maybe impossible, but in football anything can happen.

"We will go game by game, step by step, and we will see in the end where we finish in the league."

Decisive

Defender Gary Cahill reflected on a match in which Kenedy gave Chelsea a first-minute lead - his strike after 39 seconds the quickest goal of the Premier League season so far - and which was decided by Diego Costa's goal from an offside position.

Costa's strike was decisive, rendering Nathan Redmond's goal in a strong second-half showing by the Canaries mere consolation as Norwich dropped into the relegation zone. Cahill said: "Momentum's the word, to keep going and try to get results.

"We're happy we got over the line, we're happy we've dug out a result that at the start of the season we may not have (done).

"We knew it was going to be difficult, we knew they were struggling, but (the) second half certainly showed they've got enough fight and quality to stay in this league."

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