Chelsea fought well without their injured strikers.
Premier League leaders registered a 7-0 win over last-place Norwich on Saturday, with Mason Mount scoring a hat-trick and other goals spread around the team in the injury-enforced absence of Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.
Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James scored in the first half, before a strike from Ben Chilwell, a goal by Max Aarons himself and two more goals from Mount _ one from the penalty spot _ completed Chelsea’s biggest win of the season Of.
Norwich’s misery grew when centre-back Ben Gibson was sent off to collect a second yellow card in the 65th minute when the score was 5-0.
While the visitors remained without a win and just two points on their return to the top flight, Chelsea will remain in first place for another week after coming into the ninth round with a one-point lead.
The European champions have a fixture of sorts to come, with their next two games against lowly Newcastle and Burnley, so they should not miss Lukaku and Werner, who are out for the short term with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. , in the Champions League in continuous mid-week. United States forward Christian Pulisic was also missing with an ankle injury.
Mount had a particularly good play as Kai Havertz’s support striker, starting and completing the scoring _ his goals came in the eighth and 85th minutes and then in stoppage time _ and a defense-splitting for James’s goal. Adding an assist with a pass wing the chip back to goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Mount also got some luck from his punishment. His first attempt was saved by Krul, who was judged to be out of his line while making a save. Mount made another try and defeated Krul midway.
NS England The midfielder entered the match with just one goal since April.
“Before the game, I put pressure on myself to be on the scoresheet because it had been a long time since I did that,” Mount said. “Then three goals in a game.
“We were at it for the whole game,” he said. “We never stopped.”
After opening the scoring with a shot from the edge of the field by Mount, Hudson-Odoi _ another beneficiary of the Chelsea striker’s injuries _ was played by Matteo Kovacic behind defense and the winger pulled home a low finish in the away corner. Gave. In the 18th.
James’ goal gave Chelsea a 3–0 lead at halftime and partner Wing Chilwell fired a low, angled shot in the 57th for 4–0.
Aaron was unlucky to see his deflection off Hudson-Odoi’s cross, redirecting the ball straight onto goal, with Krul slamming it but not putting it out.
Gibson’s second yellow card for a crude foul on James gave the hosts a chance to compile a big score and they thanked Mt.
Antonio Rudiger’s goal-bound shot was blocked by Mathias Norman using his hands, after his penalty made it 6–0. Chelsea broke the offside trap for seventh, Ruben Loftus-Cheek ran uncontrollably and squared the ball from close range for the mount to sidefoot home.
At plus-20, Chelsea now have the best goal difference of all teams in the league.
“We were quick and put in a lot of effort,” said Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel. “We put high pressure and won many balls. We played with a high tempo and created a lot of chances.
“To score a seven, you also need a little luck and speed, but it was a good effort.”