Premier League: Mount hat-trick in Chelsea romp
A hat-trick by Mason Mount propelled Chelsea to a 7-0 win over bottom side Norwich City in the Premier League on Saturday, extending their lead at the top of the table and demonstrating they still had firepower despite injuries to their strikers.
Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel had called on his attacking players to step up after injuries to striker Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner during Wednesday’s Champions League win over Malmo.
The players obeyed and Mount opened Chelsea’s account when he sent the ball low into the net.
The 20-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi latched on to a pinpoint through ball from Mateo Kovacic and held his nerve to fire home past the outstretched leg of Norwich keeper Tim Krul.
A third Chelsea Academy product got on the scoresheet three minutes before half-time when Mount slid the ball into the path of Reece James and the wing-back produced a delicious chip over Krul.
It took 12 minutes of the second half for Chelsea’s now purring machine to score again. England left back Ben Chilwell sent a Kovacic pass across the face of the goal and into the back of the net past a despairing Krul.