Petr Cech pointed to the circumstances of the win at Norwich as proof of the side’s ability to work hard for the three points, even when not at our best.

Chelsea recovered from the setback of conceding our first league goal in the second half of a game this season – which levelled the score at 1-1 – to net two late strikes of our own, and the goalkeeper was impressed with the manner in which we fought our way back into the game.

‘It was a very important win, and not an easy one, especially in the circumstances,’ Cech said. ‘We had to work hard, and there were moments in the game when everybody worked hard.

‘No matter how talented you are you need to stick together, work through the difficult period in the game and I think we did that. They had some opportunities for the counter-attack at 1-1 but they didn’t take them and we punished them for that. This is what the big team does usually.

‘The main thing was to get the three points and climb the table, and we did that. We hope to get better every game and today it was an important win for us. We take another step forward.’

It’s shaping up to be as open a Premier League season as any, due in no small part to the impressive investment by teams such as Norwich, and Cech noted the differences from when he first moved to England’s top flight in 2004.

‘It’s great because you can see that every year the Premier League overall gets better. The teams in the second half of the table buy good players, and all the internationals are coming to England, but not only to play for the top five or six teams.

‘You play anyone and there are great, talented players so it’s very difficult. That’s why everybody has already dropped a few points and it’s getting very interesting.’

Our Czech goalkeeper also had words of praise for Willian, whose late strike, his first for the club, provided a fitting seal to our first away win in the league this campaign.

‘He’s settling in the team. It’s not always easy when you come to the Premier League, you need a little bit of time to learn the language.

‘He’s getting games under his belt, he did really well at Swindon, he did very well in the games when he came in. He scored a fantastic goal which will give him a lot of confidence and I hope that it will help him settle in better.’

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