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20 November 2015

Nickname: Blues
Manager: Jose Mourinho
2014-15: 1st
Ground: Stamford Bridge

Jose Mourinho says his team are in good spirits ahead of Saturday, and that they aren't going to be affected by recent form come kick-off.

"I don't believe we are going to start the game under any pressure," he told reporters on Friday afternoon.

"I think tomorrow we are going to play very well. With all the respect opponents deserve, in this case Norwich, and all the respect I have for football, I think we are going to play well.

"I think we are going to get a good result. The players are enthusiastic, they know they are playing more than okay individually and collectively, the results they have to come."

In an underwhelming first part of the season, Willian has been one of Chelsea's brighter perfomers.

The Brazil international has played in all but one of their Premier League fixtures so far, adding five strikes in all competitions on top of finding form for his country.

He joined the Londoners in August 2013, moving in a deal worth close to £30m from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala.

The hard-working winger has played 107 matches since, contributing 13 goals and winning Premier League and Capital One Cup winners' medals.

The champions' dismal run of form continued when they were beaten 1-0 by Stoke City prior to the international break.

Jose Mourinho, serving a one-match stadium ban, was helpless as his team's lack of cutting edge in front of goal ultimately cost them even though they had the upper hand for the majority of the game.

Marko Arnautovic's well-executed finish eight minutes into the second half inflicted another damaging defeat on the Blues.

They had their chances to break Stoke's resistance, with Pedro hitting the woodwork and Loic Remy having a penalty appeal turned down - but the result left them beneath City in the table.

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Asmir Begovic, Marco Amelia, Jamal Blackman. 

Defenders: Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, John Terry (c), Kurt Zouma, Papy Djilobodji, Ola Aina, Baba Rahman.

Midfielders: Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Nemanja Matic, John Obi Mikel, Oscar, Pedro, Ramires, Willian, Bertrand Traore, Kenedy.

: Diego Costa, Falcao, Loic Remy.

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