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30 goals, 17 scorers – why Chelsea are not reliant on Romelu Lukaku

  • Mason Mount, without a goal since Champions League semi-final in May, leads the way with a hat-trick
  • Six out of seven goals come from Chelsea’s English players in front of watching Gareth Southgate
  • Winless Norwich reduced to 10 men after Ben Gibson sent off for two yellow cards

They say there are no easy games in the Premier League. This was. Table-topping European champions Chelsea were magnificent. Bottom of the table Norwich City were abysmal. Nature took its course and while Mason Mount scored a hat trick, three wasn’t even half of his team’s goals, six of which were scored by English players as Gareth Southgate looked on, the seventh being an own goal.

“I don’t want to get carried away,” said Thomas Tuchel, the Chelsea head coach, who barely missed the absences of injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner. “I like the way  we approach like this. Our approach is humble, but when we play like this anything is possible. I’m happy with our intensity and our effort. We were all-in. Nothing was held back.”

In predictable contrast, Daniel Farke, the Norwich head coach, was unhappy.

“You can imagine how the spirit is in our dressing room. We will not speak of this game again after Tuesday. The players know how I feel and we need to look to our next home game with Leeds. Chelsea away is the toughest task in world football. We needed to be at our best and them not be. They were excellent and we were not.

“In possession we gave so much away, unnecessarily. We didn’t defend their quick movement. We didn’t pressure Jorginho and Kovacic and our decision making was poor. We are more than unhappy and we need to be self-critical about this embarrassing heavy defeat.”

Norwich’s players warmed up in shirts paying tribute to their goalkeeper Dan Barden who was diagnosed with testicular cancer in midweek.  In fact, they arrived in West London seemingly with something to build on: undefeated for two games during which they had not conceded a goal.

After just eight minutes, any talk of table-climbing looked to be the height of carelessness. Callum Hudson-Odoi scampered down the left and crossed. Ben Gibson’s weak clearing header fell to Jorginho, who gathered excellently and caressed the ball to Mount, who, with Southgate looking on, rattled home his first goal since Real Madrid were sent packing in last season’s Champions League semi-final.

Already Norwich were doomed and they were soon two adrift. Antonio Rudiger carried the ball out of defence and found Mateo Kovacic, whose fabulous through ball took out the entire Norwich defence but not Hudson-Odoi, who strolled boldly forwards before expertly placing his first goal since January beyond Tim Krul.

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