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goals galore Mason Mount and Thomas Tuchel react after a thumping Chelsea win

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Mason Mount ended his drought in style (Tess Derry/PA)

Mason Mount ended his drought in style (Tess Derry/PA)

Mason Mount ended his drought in style (Tess Derry/PA)

Republic of Ireland defender Andrew Omobamidele got another taste of Premier League football at Stamford Bridge, but it was not an afternoon anyone associated with Norwich will remember fondly.

Even in the absence of injured strikers Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner, Chelsea ran riot as they fired seven unanswered goals past a Norwich side that already look certainties for relegation once again.

Mason Mount bagged a hat-trick as Chelsea handed hapless 10-man Norwich a 7-0 homegrown hammering to cement top spot in the Premier League.

Chelsea youth products Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Reece James set the tone with first-half goals as the Blues ran riot at Stamford Bridge.

England left-back Ben Chilwell then drilled in his fourth goal in five games for club and country, Max Aarons put through his own net and the Canaries had Ben Gibson sent off for two yellow cards.

Mount converted an 85th-minute penalty at the second attempt, failing with his first effort only to be reprieved by Tim Krul moving prematurely off his line.

That before Mount tapped home from Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s cross to walk off the field with the match ball and crown his impressive man of the match performance.

Chelsea's delight was contrasted by Norwich's misery and even though Omobamidele has impressed in his outing for Ireland under Stephen Kenny, the chasm in class he and his Norwich team-mates were trying to breach against European champions Chelsea was evident from the first whistle.

It was a result that left Norwich winless after nine Premier League matches and inspired their manager Daniel Farke to make a stark confession

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Daniel Farke’s side were well beaten (Tess Derry/PA)

Daniel Farke’s side were well beaten (Tess Derry/PA)

Daniel Farke’s side were well beaten (Tess Derry/PA)

“It’s an unbelievably tough day and in all areas, we were not good enough for this level,” he admitted.

“We spoke about this before the game. We were nowhere near to what we can play. We were too slow in the head.

“The goals we conceded were not even too difficult to defend against. For this world-class level we were not competitive enough.

“At this level you always have pressure, but I’m just focusing on how I can help the team. It was clear before the game that it would be a tough task.

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“It’s not the right moment to start a discussion about relegation. It’s not the time to talk too much, it’s time to roll the sleeves up and work.”

This win said little about Chelsea’s title credentials as the opposition folding before them were no match for one of Europe’s elite teams, but it was an important day for Mount as he bagged his first goals of the season.

“It’s a special day, not just for me but because of the scoreline and the way we played,” said the England midfielder.

“These early kick-offs can be very difficult at times. There’s not much time to recover, but the performance we put in and with me getting a hat-trick it was special.

“A lot of the boys have scored this season. I said in midweek it was about time to get on the scoresheet, and today was obviously the day.”

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel insisted his side deserve credit for being ruthless in seeing off outclassed opponents.

“I am very happy with the performance, intensity and effort we put into the game,” he said.

“It was the fourth consecutive games as favourites and I like how we approach these games. There is no judging and holding back, we are all in. So we deserve these victories.

“We found a bit of spirit to have higher ball recoveries and that gives us more attacks and touches in the box, and more bodies in the box makes things a bit easier. I don’t want to get carried away too much.

“I like the way we approach these games, it’s a humble approach and an approach that sets our standards. I’m not distracted from the role we’re seen before the match and we have to keep on going.”

While Chelsea will face bigger tests in the coming months, the seven-goal boost to their goal difference means this was close to being a win that was worth four points.

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