Chelsea won 7-0 against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge thanks to a Mason Mount hat-trick, this was his first hat-trick for the Blues.
Mason Mount had not scored this season, but he put Chelsea ahead after just eight minutes with a first-time strike from outside the area into the bottom corner. When Thiago Silva’s pass was cut out, the visitors had an opportunity to get back into the game, but the Brazilian recovered quickly, and Callum Hudson-Odoi pounced onto a Mateo Kovai through ball and easily tapped home for his first goal of the season. Reece James got on the end of Mason Mount’s superbly weighted pass in the 42nd minute and produced a fantastic flip to lift the ball over Tim Krul and into the net for the ‘Blues.’ Chelsea raced to a three-goal lead before half-time.
Teemu Pukki cut out Ben Chilwell’s pass in the 53rd minute, allowing ‘Canaries’ substitute Milot Rashica to slip past Chelsea’s defence. Édouard Mendy, on the other hand, recovered admirably to keep his third consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. Four minutes later, the left-back drilled the ball across Krul for his fourth goal in five appearances for club and country. Just after the hour mark, the Dutch goalkeeper was unable to save Hudson-Odoi’s cross from trickling over the line after it rebounded off Max Aarons. Ben Gibson was then sent out for a second yellow card, adding insult to injury for the visitors.
Mason mount scored from the penalty spot at the second attempt before finishing after great work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek late on to give Chelsea a sixth and seventh goal. The holders of the UEFA Champions League can now enjoy another weekend at the top of the English Premier League table. Meanwhile, Norwich City is one game away from tying Swindon Town’s unwelcome record of 40 consecutive Premier League games at the bottom, excluding season openers, which was held for 27 years.
ENOMAOMORUYI MAN OF THE MATCH: Mason Mount
Chelsea made five changes for the game against Norwich, German international Kai Havertz starting as a false nine for the first time since the Champions League final. With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner out injured, Thomas Tuchel rotated his resources and began Kai Havertz, Trevoh Chalobah, Mateo Kovacic, Reece James, and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Norwich started with an unchanged lineup, with Jacob Sorensen taking the place of Chelsea loanee Billy Gilmour on the bench.
THE MANAGERS THOUGHTS
Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel :
“I think we put up a nice show. We were focused and put out a strong effort. We pressed hard and won a lot of balls; we played at a fast tempo and created a lot of opportunities. It takes a little luck and momentum to score seven, but it was a nice effort.
“This is just one game; the next one [in the EFL Cup] is on Tuesday evening.” All credit goes to the players, but it’s only one game.
“The goal was to maintain the same level of intensity while also creating possibilities.” This is exactly what we asked for. To score, you’ll need both luck and timing. That’s why I’m pleased because the intensity and rhythm were both high.
On Mason Mount Performance Thomas Tuchel said “No matter how pleased the coach is, the offensive players require goals in order to be completely satisfied. He had waited far too long, so it was fortunate that he scored more goals today.”
Norwich City boss Daniel Farke :
“We said before the game that it would be the most difficult challenge in world football.” We aspired to be at the pinnacle of our profession, but we were not. With the ball, against the ball, and in our decision-making, we were all too slow. That is why we were defeated in the game.
“With the runs in behind, we weren’t sharp enough – this was a topic over the week.” Although the players are dissatisfied, there is no need to penalize them more. On the field, we had to make some tough judgments. We were so fired up that we gave up a red card and three more [late] goals.
“I told the players that whatever happens, we’re going to forget about it for the next two days since it’s not a season-defining game. Our next home game will be one of the season’s determining games. Conceding seven goals is not helpful for our confidence. For the next two days, we’ll be disappointed. After that, we’ll continue.”
NEXT UP :
Chelsea will play Southampton in the Carabao Cup fourth round on Tuesday before travelling to Newcastle in the Premier League at 3 p.m. the following Saturday.
Norwich will play Leeds in the Premier League next Sunday at 2 p.m.