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Chelsea defy Lukaku and Werner absences with Mount back on goal trail

The England international admitted this week that he was long overdue a goal after failing to find the back of the net all season. And he ended that duck in spectacular fashion with a hat-trick in the absence of injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner.

A 7-0 scoreline could have been so much worse for Norwich, who contributed to their own downfall with such an insipid display against the European champions.

They were the most generous of guests and Mount could hardly have asked for better opposition in his search for goals.

Norwich were 3-0 down at half-time after gifting Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic the freedom of midfield and standing back to admire Chelsea’s forward talents.

In the second half they got in on the act as well, with Max Aarons putting through his own net and Mathias Normann handling in the box to concede a late penalty.

In between, Ben Gibson was sent off for a second bookable offence, which demonstrated perfectly just how far off the pace the visitors were.

Chelsea really did not need any help against such meagre opposition, but were grateful recipients. No one more so than Mount.

How Lukaku and Werner must have rued the injuries that ruled them out of a day like this. This was a gift of a game to do some stat-padding.

Even when Tuchel took the flow out of the contest with three second-half substitutions, Chelsea looked capable of scoring at will, with Mount netting his second and third in the final 20 minutes, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Hakim Ziyech and Ross Barkley all came off the bench to force fine saves from Tim Krul.

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