Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea FC remain leaders of the English Premier League after an impressive performance. In a duel with German soccer coach Daniel Farke, the Champions League winner dismantled Norwich City 7-0 (3-0) on Saturday and is in first place with 22 points after nine match days. The harmless climber is bottom of the table with two points and a goal difference of 2:23.
With crowd favorites Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz in the starting eleven, but without Timo Werner and striker Romelu Lukaku, the Blues were clearly superior and started furiously: A shot from Mason Mount landed in the far corner to give an early lead (8th minute). Callum Hudson-Odoi also put the ball in the corner after a pass from Mateo Kovacic (18th). Before the break, Reece James increased to 3-0 (42nd).
Three gates from Mount
After the break, the Tuchel-Elf picked up where they left off: Ben Chilwell scored to make it 4-0 (57th). Five minutes later, Norwich professional Max Aarons steered a cross from Hudson-Odoi into his own net. Ben Gibson also saw the yellow-red card (65th). In the second attempt, Mount converted a hand penalty (85th) in excess, before he ensured the 7-0 final score with his third goal in stoppage time.
Since pursuers Liverpool FC (18 points) will only compete against arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday (5.30 p.m. / Sky), Pep Guardiola and Manchester City climbed up with 20 points after a 4-1 (3-0) at Brighton & Hove Albion Rank two. Captain Ilkay Gündogan (13th), Phil Foden (28th / 31st) and Riyad Mahrez (90th + 5) scored the goals for the defending champion. Alexis Mac Allister shortened in the meantime with a penalty kick (81st).
In a spectacular game, Watford was back at Everton by the 78th minute 1: 2. Then Juraj Kucka (78th), Joshua King (80th / 86th) and Emmanuel Dennis (90th + 1) turned the match into a 5-2 success.
Arsenal FC, in which German goalkeeper Bernd Leno had to make do with the substitute bench, defeated Aston Villa 3-1 on Friday evening. Thomas (23rd minute), former Bundesliga player Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (45th + 6th) and Emile Smith Rowe (56th) scored the goals for the London club, Jacob Ramsey (82nd) shortened late for Aston Villa.