Chelsea ensured they will stay at the top of the Premier League for another week at least as Mason Mount’s hat-trick inspired Thomas Tuchel’s side to a thumping 7-0 victory over bottom side Norwich at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea had injury problems heading into the game with Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner both missing, but despite the star name absentees, the gulf in class between the two sides was there for all to see from the very first whistle as Chelsea raced out of the blocks to take an early advantage through Mount (8).
The Blues were hardly tested at the back and the goals continued to flow at the other end as Callum Hudson-Odoi (18) and Reece James (42) sent them in at the break three goals to the good.
Hapless Norwich’s woes continued after the break as Ben Chilwell (57) continued his fine scoring run before Max Aarons’ own goal (62) continued a torrid afternoon for Daniel Farke’s side, who also had Ben Gibson sent off in the second half (65).
Victory means Chelsea will stay top for another week after emphatically extending their lead over second-placed Liverpool to four points ahead of Jurgen Klopp’s side’s Super Sunday clash with Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Norwich’s top-flight troubles continue. They remain bottom of the Premier League after a chastening afternoon in west London as their wait for a first win of the season continues.
It didn’t take long for Chelsea to get into their stride, and they were ahead in less than eight minutes as Mount fired his first Premier League goal of the season.
The England international, in front of the watching Gareth Southgate, thumped home a low drive from 20 yards, leaving Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul with absolutely no chance.
They didn’t have to wait too long or a second either as Hudson-Odoi finished a fine counter-attack from European champions just 10 minutes later. Thiago Silva cut out a brief Norwich attack before Mateo Kovacic slid through a perfectly weighted through ball for Hudson-Odoi, who provided a composed finish to double the advantage.