Mason Mount scored a hat-trick as Premier League leaders Chelsea thrashed bottom club Norwich at Stamford Bridge.
Thomas Tuchel’s side were 2-0 ahead inside 18 minutes as Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi scored their first goals of the season, with Mount turning provider to set up Reece James for a third goal before half-time.
Fellow defender Ben Chilwell scored for the fourth successive game to extend Chelsea’s lead shortly after the restart, before Max Aarons’ own goal and Mount’s late double wrapped up the win.
Canaries defender Ben Gibson was sent off for two yellow cards to cap a miserable afternoon for the away side, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table and without a win this season.
Blues ease to comfortable victory
With Lukaku and Werner ruled out with injuries suffered against Malmo in midweek, Tuchel played Kai Havertz as a false nine with Mount and Hudson-Odoi either side, and together they formed a mobile front three that regularly outmanoeuvred a labouring Norwich defence.
The Canaries’ lack of pressing afforded the Blues players far too much time on the ball and they ruthlessly took advantage, with the London club unlikely to have a more comfortable afternoon this season.
Norwich’s failure to close Mount down gave the England midfielder time and space to score the opener from the edge of the box after just seven minutes, while Kovacic and Mount were able to set up Hudson-Odoi and James respectively to effectively end the game as a contest before the break.
Substitute Milot Rashica had an effort saved by goalkeeper Edouard Mendy as Norwich briefly threatened to get back into the game at the start of the second half, but the rest of match turned into a procession.
Their afternoon was summed up by the sight of manager Daniel Farke with his hands outstretched on the touchline in utter bemusement at his side’s defending after Chilwell scored Chelsea’s fourth.
Hudson-Odoi’s cross then deflected off Aarons and crept under Krul for an unfortunate own goal, before Gibson was rightly shown a second yellow card minutes later for a clumsy challenge on James.
Krul managed to save Mount’s late penalty but VAR spotted he had strayed off his line, with Mount scoring the re-taken kick.
Blues substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek beat the offside trap to tee up Mount for his hat-trick in stoppage time.
It was a fitting performance for Chelsea as they paid tribute to former vice-chairman Matthew Harding, who died in a helicopter crash as he flew home from a game at Bolton 25 years ago in 1996.
It was also a poignant day Norwich, who wore T-shirts during the warm-up in support of team-mate Dan Barden following his diagnosis with testicular cancer.
Player of the match
Squad number29Player nameHavertz
Squad number21Player nameChilwell
Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi
Squad number24Player nameJames
Squad number19Player nameMount
Squad number8Player nameKovacic
Squad number2Player nameRudiger
Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva
Squad number5Player nameJorginho
Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek
Squad number14Player nameChalobah
Squad number16Player nameMendy
Squad number22Player nameZiyech
Squad number18Player nameBarkley
Squad number1Player nameKrul
Squad number5Player nameHanley
Squad number17Player nameRashica
Squad number2Player nameAarons
Squad number44Player nameFor omobams
Squad number21Player nameWilliams
Squad number15Player nameCourgette
Squad number22Player nameGoat
Squad number23Player nameMcLean
Squad number16Player nameNormann
Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis
Squad number24Player nameSargent
Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou
Squad number4Player nameGibson
5JorginhoSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 64′minutes
20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forZiyechat 70′minutes
29HavertzSubstituted forBarkleyat 70′minutes
4GibsonBooked at 65mins
20Lees-MelouBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRashicaat 45′minutes
16NormannBooked at 83mins
30GiannoulisSubstituted forWilliamsat 45′minutes
24SargentSubstituted forFor omobamsat 69′minutes
Match ends, Chelsea 7, Norwich City 0.
Second Half ends, Chelsea 7, Norwich City 0.
Attempt missed. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic following a set piece situation.
Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Max Aarons (Norwich City).
Ross Barkley (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Andrew Omobamidele (Norwich City).
Goal! Chelsea 7, Norwich City 0. Mason Mount (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Offside, Chelsea. Mason Mount tries a through ball, but Hakim Ziyech is caught offside.
Reece James (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Milot Rashica (Norwich City).
Foul by Ben Chilwell (Chelsea).
Milot Rashica (Norwich City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Hand ball by Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea).
Goal! Chelsea 6, Norwich City 0. Mason Mount (Chelsea) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.
VAR Decision: Penalty Chelsea.
Mathias Normann (Norwich City) is shown the yellow card for hand ball.
VAR Decision: Penalty Chelsea.
Penalty conceded by Mathias Normann (Norwich City) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Attempt blocked. Antonio Rüdiger (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Mateo Kovacic.
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