Mason Mount was one of three Chelsea players Blues boss Thomas Tuchel deemed as mentally fatigued.
The Chelsea manager had said before the Norwich game that Mount was feeling fatigued following a run of games for club and country and probably needed a rest.
Mount responded his manager with a hat-trick against Norwich, and when told what the manager had said, Mount claimed that it was all mind games to get the best out of him.
“Maybe it’s a bit of mind games and I need to show him that I’m not (mentally fatigued),” said Mount.
“You know me I always want to play every game. But sometimes you’ve got to take a backwards step but I feel today and over the last couple of games I feel at it and ready to play and I’m absolutely buzzing for today.”
Mount hadn’t scored a goal this season and has been on a barren run since netting in the Champions League semifinal against Real Madrid last season.
“I’ve been waiting a long time,” he said.
“I felt like you can put pressure on yourself, I always was getting in the positions to score I just wasn’t putting it in the back of the net.
“I thought there’s going to be a game that it’s going to come off and obviously today was the day.”