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Thomas Tuchel enjoyed a relaxing day at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea recorded their biggest ever scoreline under the German boss with a 7-0 victory over ten-man Norwich City.
It was always going to be a huge ask for Daniel Farke’s side to come away from West London with a result, but the writing was on the wall for the Canaries, after Mason Mount drilled Chelsea into the lead with a sweetly struck half-volley after just seven minutes.
Callum Hudson-Odoi marked his first Chelsea start since the Super Cup final against Villarreal in August with the second goal of the game, before Reece James concluded a first-half dominated by the Chelsea academy by scooping in a third goal.
It was a ruthless display which should answer any questions thrown at them since the injuries of £97million man Romelu Lukaku and the improving Timo Werner.
Ben Chilwell scored his fourth consecutive Premier League goal, and Max Aarons diverted Hudson-Odoi's cross into his own net for the Blues' fifth goal, before Norwich defender Ben Gibson was sent off for a second-bookable offence.
Mount needed two attempts from the penalty spot to score his second past Krul, after he retook his missed spot-kick after Krul was adjudged to have come off his line when he saved the first one. He completed his hat-trick after some nice work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who played him through to slot into an open goal in added time.
Daily Star Sport has taken a look at three things Tuchel got right in the win against Norwich City.
Callum Hudson-Odoi restored to the frontline
With Timo Werner yet to recover from the hamstring injury he suffered against Malmo, Callum Hudson-Odoi was deployed for his first start since Chelsea’s Super Cup triumph against Villarreal.
Appearances have been few and far between for the 20-year-old academy star, and when he has taken to the field, it has normally been as a right-wing-back.
However, Tuchel gave the English star a rare start in the Blues’ front-line, and he did not disappoint.
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With Kai Havertz roaming across the frontline, dropping deeper and stretching the Norwich defence in behind, Hudson-Odoi had plenty of space to exploit at Stamford Bridge.
The way in which Hudson-Odoi sucked in the Norwich City defence for his goal, before rapidly changing direction and sprinting past the Canaries backline was exceptional; and his finish was just as cool,
If Hudson-Odoi can maintain this performance level, the Blues will not have to worry about Werner’s absence.
Tuchel’s reversion to the 3-4-3
The Chelsea boss has regularly used a 3-5-2 formation to add an extra central midfielder and bring Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku into a central position where they can feed each other.
However, with both strikers absent, Tuchel reverted back to the 3-4-3 to exploit the wide areas of Daniel Farke’s side as well as the inside spaces between the wing-backs and the central defenders.
And it worked an absolute treat for the West Londoners, who cruised past the Premier League’s bottom club with ease.
Both of Chelsea’s attacking midfielders and wing-backs got themselves on the scoresheet, as Norwich just could not handle their constant overloads.
Tuchel went into the game knowing Norwich will once again deploy their bold, but reckless high-line.
And the inclusion of Hudson-Odoi and Mount in the wide areas enabled them to exploit the space in behind and send the Canaries running back towards their own goal.
Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho as the midfield pairing
After his fantastic performance against Brentford, many were surprised to see Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was not in the starting line-up.
Instead, Tuchel’s decision to add another attacking player into the frontline, resulted in the German boss opting for the steadier midfield pairing of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic.,
Despite being outnumbered in the midfield on paper, both players patrolled the central areas with ease.
The Canaries did not know whether to press Kovacic or Jorginho or drop off and fill in the gaps of their defence, such was their unpredictability, composure, and vision.
Unfortunately, Farke’s side did neither, and they regularly played through Norwich’s press with ease.
Pairing Kovacic and Jorginho was a smart decision by Tuchel, as they were both equally adept at maintaining possession, and slamming the door on any Norwich counterattacks.
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