December 4, 2021

Mount scores hat-trick as Chelsea put seven past Norwich

Mason Mount celebrating his goal against Norwich
Mason Mount’s opener was his first Chelsea goal since their Champions League semi-final second leg win against Real Madrid in May

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.

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Chelsea

  1. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  2. Squad number14Player nameChalobah

  3. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  4. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  5. Squad number24Player nameJames

  6. Squad number5Player nameJorginho

  7. Squad number8Player nameKovacic

  8. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  9. Squad number19Player nameMount

  10. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  11. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  1. Squad number12Player nameLoftus-Cheek

  2. Squad number18Player nameBarkley

  3. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

Norwich City

  1. Squad number1Player nameKrul

  2. Squad number15Player nameKabak

  3. Squad number5Player nameHanley

  4. Squad number4Player nameGibson

  5. Squad number2Player nameAarons

  6. Squad number20Player nameLees-Melou

  7. Squad number16Player nameNormann

  8. Squad number23Player nameMcLean

  9. Squad number30Player nameGiannoulis

  10. Squad number24Player nameSargent

  11. Squad number22Player namePukki

  1. Squad number17Player nameRashica

  2. Squad number21Player nameWilliams

  3. Squad number44Player nameOmobamidele

Line-ups

Chelsea

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 14Chalobah
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 24James
  • 5JorginhoSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 64′minutes
  • 8Kovacic
  • 21Chilwell
  • 19Mount
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forZiyechat 70′minutes
  • 29HavertzSubstituted forBarkleyat 70′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 3Alonso
  • 4Christensen
  • 12Loftus-Cheek
  • 17Saúl
  • 18Barkley
  • 22Ziyech
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 31Sarr

Norwich

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Krul
  • 15Kabak
  • 5Hanley
  • 4GibsonBooked at 65mins
  • 2Aarons
  • 20Lees-MelouBooked at 45minsSubstituted forRashicaat 45′minutes
  • 16NormannBooked at 83mins
  • 23McLean
  • 30GiannoulisSubstituted forWilliamsat 45′minutes
  • 24SargentSubstituted forOmobamideleat 69′minutes
  • 22Pukki

Substitutes

  • 7Rupp
  • 10Dowell
  • 17Rashica
  • 18Tzolis
  • 19Sørensen
  • 21Williams
  • 28Gunn
  • 35Idah
  • 44Omobamidele

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