Chelsea 7-0 Norwich City: Mount bags three as the Blues run riot
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Chelsea 7-0 Norwich City: Mount bags three as the Blues run riot

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League standings over Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United with a 7-0 win over bottom-placed Norwich City.

Mason Mount's hat-trick, an own goal by Max Aarons, and goals from Reece James, Ben Chilwell, and Callum Hudson-Odoi helped the Blues to their eighth win of the season against a dismal Canaries team at Stamford Bridge.

Despite Norwich's perilous situation at the bottom of the league, the match might have easily turned into a nightmare for Chelsea.

After converting to a back-three formation, Daniel Farke's team had improved in defense, conceding only once in their previous three games, but they were completely undone by the Blues throughout the course of the 90 minutes.

Despite being forced to make a number of significant changes from their Champions League triumph over Malmo in midweek, the hosts looked comfortable from the start.

Due to injuries to Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Hudson-Odoi were drafted into the starting lineup, while Trevoh Chalobah was given another Premier League start in defense.

Chelsea's ability to switch things up all over the pitch while still winning convincingly demonstrated why they are one of, if not the obvious favorites to win the Premier League title at the end of the season.

Hudson-Odoi is yet to gain the green light under Thomas Tuchel, with the 20-year-old having played in a variety of positions since the German took over in January. However, from his favored position on the left-wing, he made the most of his chance to shine against Norwich.

Much of Chelsea's attacking play was channeled via the England youngster, who was energetic from the start and was instrumental in Mount's first goal thanks to a perfect delivery into the area.

After turning his marker with a brilliant turn of pace, he went on to double Chelsea's advantage with a superb finish past Tim Krul.

With 25 minutes remaining, Norwich was 5-0 down and down to ten men, and the game increasingly resembled Chelsea target practice.

Krul went above and beyond to deny substitutes Ross Barkley, Hakim Ziyech, and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, even saving Mount's weak chance after a VAR check resulted in a penalty being awarded against Mathias Normann, who clearly blocked Rudiger's shot with his arm. Mount's second unimpressive effort squirmed in off the goalkeeper's shin after Krul was found to have encroached and a re-take was ordered.

Mount completed his hat-trick in stoppage time, thanks to a wonderful combination between Ziyech and Loftus-Cheek.

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