PL leaders Chelsea hit 7 past Norwich

English Premier League

Chelsea thrashed bottom-placed Norwich City 7-0 to go four points clear at the top of the Premier League table on Saturday afternoon.

Romelu Lukaku’s absence saw Kai Havertz start up top for Chelsea and Timo Werner’s unavailability meant a starting berth for Callum Hudson-Odoi alongside Mason Mount.

Mount showed the Blues intention after just eight minutes with a strike into the bottom-corner of the net following a low attempt on the edge of the area.

The Blues added to their tally within the space of ten minutes after a defence-splitting pass from Mateo Kovacic found Hudson-Odoi, who took control to go on and find the far corner.

Mount led the Blues to a third three minutes to halftime after his pass into space released Reece James in-behind and he went and dinked adrift goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The Canaries threw on a double substitution at the restart in Manchester United loanee Brandon Williams and former Werder Bremen man Milot Rashica.

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That didn’t prevent the Blues going further clear as 12 minutes in the second half a pass into space from Kovacic met Ben Chilwell who controlled well to find the bottom-corner from a tight angle.

Chelsea made it five within the space of five minutes after a slice of good fortune saw Max Aarons deflect Hudson-Odoi’s ball from the left-side off the arms of Krul and into the net.

The Canaries meanwhile had their afternoon worsened midway through the second half with Ben Gibson seeing red for a rash challenge on James that led to a second caution.

Chelsea helped themselves to a sixth goal in the last five minutes as Mount netted from the penalty-spot at the second time of asking after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) spotted a hand used in the area.

Mount bagged a hat-trick after he made a late run in the area to tap in a cutback from Ruben Loftus-Cheek at the death to round off an emphatic afternoon.

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