Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel explains why he laid into players during 7-0 Norwich win

Tuchel hails Mount after first Chelsea hat-trick

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Thomas Tuchel has explained why he laid into his Chelsea players during their 7-0 thrashing of Norwich City on Saturday. The Blues maintained their position at the top of the Premier League with a comfortable win over Daniel Farke’s newly-promoted Canaries.

Mason Mount scored his first hat-trick for Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, as well as providing the assist for Reece James’ goal just before half-time.

Ben Chilwell was also on the scoresheet, for the fourth successive Premier League game in a run that stretches back to the final match of last season.

Callum Hudson-Odoi also found the back of the net, with Max Aarons’ own-goal only adding to Norwich’s despair.

The Blues were utterly dominant in the Saturday lunchtime game, enjoying 62 per cent of the possession and 23 shots in total.

It was the biggest win of Tuchel’s Chelsea reign and is also the fifth biggest win in all competitions in the club’s history.

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Chelsea are now two points clear at the top of the table, though that can be halved if Liverpool defeat Manchester United on Sunday evening.

But despite the fact that the Blues were so dominant, with Norwich having just one shot on target, Tuchel has revealed that he was far from happy at the start of the game.

The German was left frustrated by Callum Hudson-Odoi, who lined up alongside Mount in the positions behind the striker.

Hudson-Odoi had failed to press the Norwich defence immediately after the game kicked—off, which earned him a rebuke from Tuchel.

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“Let’s be honest, there’s no reason we should start in the second minute with pressing if we can do it in the first minute,” the Chelsea boss said.

“When we put on the shirt, we want to do what we do at the very best level and from the start.

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

The Blues are in the middle of a four-game span in which they are the overwhelming favourites to win, a status that Tuchel believes his side are handling well.

“There is no judging and no holding back, we play all in. This I like a lot of, it’s why we deserve these victories. It is key,” he said.

“I like the way we approached these games. It’s a humble approach and it sets our standards. We push ourselves and play all in every single match.

“We are not distracted by the role which we maybe are seeing ourselves as favourites before the match.

“This is most important and we have to keep going in this way and anything is possible. If you have a bit of luck, create more chances and you become more confident.”
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