Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton says the Blues’ 7-0 thrashing of Norwich proves why they are going to go on to win the Premier League – however had been they given a serving to hand by a woeful Canaries facet who already look destined for relegation?
Mason Mount scored a hat-trick as Thomas Tuchel’s facet ran riot at Stamford Bridge, with additional strikes from Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Ben Chilwell and Max Aarons’ personal aim wrapping up the win.
The efficiency was all of the extra spectacular given it was with out the injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, whereas 5 of the seven targets had been scored by Blues academy graduates.
It means the London membership are sure to finish the weekend high of the desk, whereas Norwich stay rooted to the underside and with no win this season.
“For this reason I imagine Chelsea will win the Premier League – their squad is so sturdy and their academy gamers are flourishing,” Sutton informed BT Sport.
“At the moment’s efficiency was glorious, however final month the performances haven’t been there. That could be a great mentality to have. They’ve a squad able to compete in any respect ranges.”
‘Mount some of the excellent gamers within the nation’
Mount had not scored since Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second-leg win in opposition to Actual Madrid in Might, however his return to goalscoring type was well timed for Chelsea after Lukaku and Werner picked up accidents within the midweek win over Malmo.
“Mount is changing into some of the excellent gamers within the nation,” former Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole informed BT Sport. “Some followers don’t love him however I wish to sit them down in entrance of a touchscreen. What he does is unbelievable. It should be a tribal factor. I’m but to fulfill a participant or coach who would not suppose he’s excellent.”
Mount additionally turned supplier to arrange fellow academy graduate James to make it 3-0 and successfully finish the sport as a contest shortly earlier than half-time.
“It is a special occasion, not only for me however due to the scoreline and the best way we performed,” Mount informed BBC Match of the Day.
Blues boss Tuchel stated Mount’s hat-trick was a “large second” for the 22-year-old, although he performed down his facet’s title prospects.
“I felt him a bit lighter, performs with a bit extra freedom within the final matches. That is what we’d like,” stated Tuchel.
“You do not discover any supervisor on the planet who offers you a press release on favourites for the title race in October. We’re the place we’re and we all know what we wish to do.”
‘I do not suppose they’re enjoying for the supervisor’
Nearly as good as Chelsea’s efficiency was, they had been helped by a ragged Norwich facet who’ve misplaced seven out of their 9 video games this season.
They’ve scored simply two targets in that point, solely the third facet in Premier League historical past to have scored so few targets at this stage of the season.
The Canaries gave Chelsea far an excessive amount of time on the ball and the Blues ruthlessly took benefit, with the London membership unlikely to have a extra snug afternoon this season.
Norwich’s day was summed up by the sight of supervisor Daniel Farke together with his palms outstretched on the touchline in utter bemusement at his facet’s defending after Chilwell scored Chelsea’s fourth.
They’re now with no Premier League win in 19 video games, stretching again into their earlier top-flight season in 2019-20.
Norwich stayed loyal to Farke on the finish of that marketing campaign and had been rewarded when the German guided them again up on the first try, however with a direct return to the Championship already wanting seemingly, is it time for a change?
“I take a look at the gamers and I do not suppose they’re enjoying for the supervisor,” stated Cole. “Take a look at the error Gibson made – that may be a lack of professionalism. I personally suppose it wants a recent voice within the dressing room. There was no combat or ardour from the gamers.”
Former Canaries striker Sutton added: “Dropping 7-0 places a lot strain on Norwich. Folks will likely be asking questions whether or not the gamers are listening to the supervisor. Is he the suitable particular person to take them on?”
Farke acknowledged his facet’s poor efficiency however stated it “isn’t the suitable second” to speak about relegation.
“It is an unbelievably powerful day. In all areas we weren’t ok for this stage,” he informed BBC Match of the Day.
“At this stage you at all times have strain, however I am simply specializing in how I may help the crew. It was clear earlier than the sport that it could be a troublesome activity. At residence to Leeds [next week] – these are the kind of video games the place we have to choose up factors.”