Premier League leaders Chelsea smashed bottom club Norwich at Stamford Bridge, with Mason Mount scoring a hat-trick. Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored their first goals of the season for Thomas Tuchel’s side inside 18 minutes, with Mount turning provider to set up Reece James for a third goal before halftime.
Chelsea’s lead was extended for the fourth time in as many games immediately after the restart, thanks to Ben Chilwell’s goal and Max Aarons’ own goal, before Mount’s late double sealed the victory. Ben Gibson, a Canaries defender, was sent off after receiving two yellow cards, capping a terrible afternoon for the visitors, who remain tied to the bottom of the table and without a win this season.
Blues ease to comfortable victory
Tuchel used Kai Havertz as a false nine alongside Mount and Hudson-Odoi on either side of a mobile front three that regularly outmanoeuvred a labouring Norwich defense. With Lukaku and Werner out due to injuries sustained against Malmo in midweek, Tuchel used Kai Havertz as a false nine with Mount and Hudson-Odoi on either side, forming a mobile front three that regularly outmanoeuvred a labouring Norwich defence.
The Canaries’ lack of pressing gave the Blues far too much time on the ball, which they exploited mercilessly, and the London club is unlikely to have a more comfortable afternoon this season.
Norwich’s failure to close down Mount allowed the England midfielder time and space to score the game’s first goal after just seven minutes, while Kovacic and Mount were able to set up Hudson-Odoi and James to virtually conclude the game before the break.
Source: BBC Sport