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Read in as Mason Mount’s hat-trick inspired Thomas Tuchel’s team to a crushing 7-0 victory over bottom-placed Norwich at Stamford Bridge, ensuring Chelsea’s place at the top of the itPremier League for at least another week.
Chelsea had injury concerns going into the game, with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both out, but the difference in class between the two sides was clear from the start, as Chelsea stormed out of the blocks to take an early lead through Mount (8).
The Blues’ defence was little tested, and the goals kept coming at the other end, as Callum Hudson-Odoi (18) and Reece James (42) put them up three goals at the interval.
Norwich’s difficulties continued after the interval, with Ben Chilwell (57) continuing his great scoring run before an own goal (62) by Max Aarons completing a miserable afternoon for Daniel Farke’s side, who also had Ben Gibson sent off in the second half (65).
HOW THE MATCH WENT DOWN:
Within eight minutes, the hosts had taken the lead as Jorginho superbly handled the ball on the edge of the Norwich box before delivering a sweet cross to Mount, who arrowed his effort into the bottom corner.
Callum Hudson-Odoi sprinted onto Mateo Kovacic’s simple but perfectly weighted through ball and delivered an easy finish ten minutes later. Mount turned provider with a cutting pass to the onrushing Reece James, who superbly placed the ball over Tim Krul to make it three before half-time.
Chelsea didn’t let up after the break, expanding their lead when Ben Chilwell, a prolific goalscorer, rocketed into the corner for his fourth goal in five outings.
After scything down James barely ten minutes after picking up his first booking for charging into Kai Havertz, Ben Gibson was issued his marching orders shortly after the hour mark.
Thereafter, Chelsea went through the motions, with substitutes Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech, and Ross Barkley all forcing Krul to make superb saves.
To add insult to injury, following a VAR review, Chelsea were granted a late penalty for a handball, which Krul saved from Mount, but was re-taken and converted after the goalie was spotted off his line.
Mount completed his hat-trick with an easy tap-in after good work by Loftus-Cheek and Ziyech to cap off a statement win.
Chelsea: Mendy (7), Chilwell (8), Rudiger (8), Silva (7), Chalobah (7), James (8), Kovacic (8), Jorginho (7), Mount (9), Hudson-Odoi (8), Havertz (7).
Subs: Loftus-Cheek (7), Barkley (7), Ziyech (7).
Norwich: Krul (5), Aarons (5), Kabak (5), Hanley (6), Gibson (4), Giannoulis (5), Lees-Melou (5), Normann (6), McLean (6), Pukki (5), Sargent (5).
Subs: Rashica (6), Williams (5), Omobamidele (6).
- Man Of The Match: Mason Mount