Mount hat-trick as Chelsea hit seven to hammer hapless Norwich

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.

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).

Mount (85) grabbed his second of the game, scoring from the penalty spot at the second time of asking after Tim Krul was adjudged to have come off his line before making the initial save before the England international put the exclamation mark on his and Chelsea’s afternoon by completing his hat-trick (90+1).

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.