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Lukakwho? Mount solves Chelsea’s striker-less problem with “massive” hat-trick against Norwich


Chelsea may have played without a recognised striker against Norwich City last night (SGT), but no one really noticed as the Blues ran out 7-0 winners over the hapless Canaries at Stamford Bridge.

 

The one-sided game was decided by half-time, with Chelsea going into the break with a 3-0 lead. And by the time Ben Chilwell scored the fourth for the hosts, in the 57th minute, Norwich knew they were well and truly Daniel Farked.

 

The absence of the injured Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner was barely felt, as the trio of Kai Havertz, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Mason Mount channelled their inner-Sylvia to bully the visitors into meek submission.

 

WATCH: Tuchel praises Mount for goalscoring exploits against Norwich

 

Mount, in particular, proved to be the star of the show as he took home the match ball with a hat-trick.

 

The 22-year-old scored his first goal of the game in the 8th minute with a long-range effort.

 

Mount was then tasked to take the spot-kick after Norwich midfielder Mathias Normann was penalised for this handball in the box.

 

While Mount’s first spot-kick was saved by Tim Krul, it was ordered to be retaken as the goalkeeper was adjudged to have come off his line. And Mount, on his second attempt, made no mistake.

 

The England international completed his hat-trick in stoppage time with a simple tap-in after being set-up unselfishly by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

 

Mount, who had gone the last 15 games without scoring for both club and country, labelled his hat-trick against the English Premier League’s (EPL) bottom club as a “massive moment”.

 

Speaking to BT Sport, Mount revealed: “Before the game, I put pressure on myself to get on the scoresheet, then three came around in the same game. It's obviously a massive moment for me. I'll remember this one for a long time.”

 

WATCH: Mount's best goals for Chelsea

 

Mount added that he had previously been suffering from a bad case of Werner-itis, as he said: “I was always getting in positions to score, but I just wasn't putting it in the back of the net.

 

“It was my luck today, but it's also about the team. We spoke before about being at it from the beginning, we did that today. Players came in in the absence of other players. We were on it the entire game but we never dropped our standards and kept going.

 

“I always want to play every game. Sometimes you've got to take a backwards step, but in the last couple of games I've felt at it and ready to play. It's a big moment for me to score three at home at Stamford Bridge.”

 

Tuchel also underlined the importance of Mount’s role in the team, which seem him play the link between the midfield and attack for Chelsea.

 

WATCH: Mount's rise through Chelsea's ranks

 

“Well as you know, we play in most games with three strikers and Mason is one of them,” Tuchel mused.

 

“You can say he's maybe between an eight and a 10, so not a real striker, so in that way we really depend on him. He plays a key role. The wing-backs play with more freedom to help our strikers really in the last line and they feel more and more confident.

 

“It's a complex game. There's very rarely one reason why things happen like this – but we depend on Mason and we want to. We like his style, where he comes from, his personality and he's a top guy. So, we're very happy for him.”

 

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