Mason Mount takes the match ball as Chelsea run riot against 10-men Norwich.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Saturday’s early kick-off saw Premier League frontrunners Chelsea host rock-bottom Norwich in a David vs. Goliath match-up.
Following Thomas Tuchel’s appointment 10 months ago, the London club have looked impressive in every department – which is evident in their European triumph and recent blistering form.
Norwich on the other hand are yet to grab their first Premier League win of the season. Additionally, the Canaries haven’t scored away from Carrow Road this season – which could be problematic given the Blues’ defensive record.
Besides the game being a meeting between two teams at either end of the table, but it was also a reunion for Thomas Tuchel and Daniel Farke – who were together during their time at Borussia Dortmund.
There was a predictable start to the game from Tuchel’s side, who looked dangerous from the opening whistle. Tim Krul was called into action inside the opening five minutes as he denied Antonio Rüdiger’a deflected effort.
On the 7th minute, there was nothing the Dutch goalkeeper could do as Mason Mount fired the Blues ahead with a superb strike from outside the area.
The hosts were looking extremely comfortable in the game, almost toying with their opponents.
In fact, Chelsea doubled their lead inside 20 minutes as Callum Hudson-Odoi opened his account for the campaign.
Mateo Kovačić did excellently to spot the movement of the 20-year-old, who then found himself in on goal. Hudson-Odoi then opened up his body to calmly finish beyond Krul. At this point in the game, all 10 of Chelsea’s outfield players had scored a goal this season.
There was later shots from Mason Mount, Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz, but neither were able to build on Chelsea’s established lead.
Norwich’s only attempt of the first half fell for defender Ozan Kabak, who failed to test the Chelsea goalkeeper.
Three minutes before the half-time whistle, academy products Mason Mount and Reece James combined to create Chelsea’s third – with Reece James chipping Tim Krul to round off the first half.
Daniel Farke made two changes at half-time and had a chance to peg a goal back early in the second half – with Milot Rashica looking to capitalise on Ben Chilwell’s sloppy backpass.
The substitute attempted to round Édouard Mendy for an easy finish, but the Senegalese international recovered brilliantly to keep his clean sheet alive.
The Blues then went on to dominate proceedings, with defender Ben Chilwell converting his third goal of the season in as many appearances to make it 4-0.
On the 62nd minute, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross was deflected off Max Aarons leaving Tim Krul helpless. Tuchel’s side were now leading by five goals and thinking about raising their goal difference.
Just two minutes later, things went from bad to worse for the visitors as Ben Gibson was dismissed following a second yellow card. An absolute disaster for the Canaries.
Despite their strong lead, there was no respite for Tuchel’s side who continued to hunt for even more goals.
There was a series of notable attempts from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Ben Chilwell and Hakim Ziyech – who kept Tim Krul entertained in the Norwich goal.
On the 81st minute, Antonio Rüdiger’s shot struck the hand of Mathias Normann with VAR intervening to award the Blues a penalty.
Mason Mount stepped up to take the spot kick but was denied by Krul, who was later penalised for not having both feet on the line. Mount made no mistake with the second attempt, tacking on another goal to Chelsea’s ever-growing lead.
In stoppage time, Ruben Loftus-Cheek squared the ball to Mount who made it a hat-trick.
It was the icing on the cake of a superb performance for Chelsea, who humiliated Norwich in a 7-0 thrashing in south-west London.
After the whistle:
Just like the game against Malmö, Chelsea played superbly against a lesser opponent to make a huge statement to the rest of the Premier League.
The seven goals against Norwich were the first time Chelsea scored as many goals at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League since December 2012. All of Tuchel’s players performed fantastically as they each look to maintain or fight for their place in the starting eleven.
For Daniel Farke and Norwich, things have to change sooner rather than later if they are to avoid history from repeating itself and avoid relegation. The Canaries will look to find their first win of the season as they host an out of sorts Leeds United next Sunday.
Despite being without Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, Chelsea looked dangerous with their fluent attacks against both Malmö and Norwich. Thomas Tuchel will hope to see more of the same on Tuesday as the Blues host Southampton in the Carabao Cup.
Chelsea 7-0 Norwich City.
- Mount (8, 85’ pen, 90+1’).
- Hudson-Odoi (18’).
- James (42’).
- Chilwell (52’).
- Aarons (62’ OG).
BBC Sports Player of the match:
Kai Havertz (Chelsea).
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho © (64’), Kovačić, Chilwell; Mount, Hudson-Odoi (70’); Havertz (70’).
- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (64’), Ziyech (70’), Barkley (70’).
Norwich City (3-5-2): Krul; Kabak, Hanley, Gibson; Aaronsm Lees-Melou (45’), Normann, McLean, Giannoulis (45’); Sargent (69’), Pukki.
-Subs: Rashica (45’), Williams (45’), Omobamidele (69’).
Chelsea (62%) vs Norwich City (38%).
Chelsea (23) vs Norwich City (3).
Shots on target:
Chelsea (13) vs Norwich City (1).
Chelsea (5) vs Norwich City (0).
Chelsea (14) vs Norwich City (16).
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