Chelsea draw their seventh Premier League home game of the season as they fail to be separated from the Foxes.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
10 years on from their landmark Champions League triumph in Munich, Chelsea played one of their final games under their second reign as European Champions.
After winning the trophy last May, the Blues have since played a long, turbulent season which has been riddled with injuries, drama, and of course sanctions. On Thursday evening, Thomas Tuchel’s side looked to edge towards the finish line of the season as they faced Leicester under the lights at the Bridge.
Despite winning their last two games against the Foxes, Chelsea have struggled against their opponents over the years – which also includes an FA Cup final defeat last season. However, having won 3-0 at the King Power back in November, the Blues looked to complete their first league double over Leicester in five years.
Despite the game not meaning much to either side, there was action in the early stages of the match as James Maddison fired the visitors ahead on the sixth minute.
The midfielder did brilliantly to fire beyond Édoaurd Mendy from the edge of the penalty area with a superb strike. The goal marked his 11th of the Premier League campaign, whilst being his 28th goal contribution in all competitions.
As expected, the hosts responded with Trevoh Chalobah lining an effort up from 30-yards. The defender forced Kasper Schmeichel into making the save, almost replicating his debut goal from the opening day of the season.
On the 16th minute Chelsea continued to apply pressure with N’Golo Kanté threading through Romelu Lukaku after a top-draw interception. The Belgian however struggled to get his shot off with Daniel Amartey making up ground to keep his side ahead.
Nearly 30 minutes after their opener, Leicester eventually surrendered their lead following a composed Marcos Alonso volley.
As a result, the two teams went into the half-time break with nothing to separate them.
The next 45 minutes featured less action despite Chelsea having the best chance of the game to convert.
On the 62nd minute, Christian Pulisic was unable to guide the ball past Schmeichel after having the chance put on a plate from Romelu Lukaku’s pass across goal. The American was left feeling frustrated having let a golden opportunity go begging.
There were later attempts on target from Hakim Ziyech and Antonio Rüdiger, with neither causing any real bother to Leicester’s Danish shot-stopper. That being said, the visitors caused no real threat themselves in the second half and just two attempts in the entire game.
Consequently, referee Stuart Hall later blew his whistle with the game finishing one apiece.
After the Whistle:
As already mentioned, the game was relatively meaningless for both sides and was reflective given the lack of desire in the performances.
It’s been a long season for both sides, particularly Chelsea, who will have played 63 games this season after the weekend. It was clear to see that the match featured fatigue and understandably a lack of intensity.
On that note, it’s still another home draw which will only frustrate Thomas Tuchel more. The Blues have struggled at Stamford Bridge this season, which will surely be a point of emphasis to correct over the summer. Looking to end the season positively, Chelsea will close out the campaign on Sunday against Championship-bound Watford.
Leicester on the other hand – who could still realistically finish anywhere between eighth and eleventh – will finalise the season against Southampton at the King Power.
Chelsea 1-0 Leicester City.
- Maddison (6’).
- Alonso (35’).
BBC Sports Player of the Match:
Reece James (Chelsea).
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho ©, Kanté (72’), Alonso; Ziyech, Pulisic (72’); Lukaku (78’).
- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (72’), Azpilicueta (72’), Havertz (78’).
Leicester City (3-1-4-2): Schmeichel; Fofana, Evans ©, Amartey; Mendy; Castagne, Maddison, Dewsbury-Hall, Thomas; Vardy, Iheanacho.
- Subs: Barnes (63’), Pérez (78’).
Chelsea (67%) vs Leicester City (33%).
Chelsea (20) vs Leicester City (2).
Shots on Target:
Chelsea (7) vs Leicester City (1).
Chelsea (6) vs Leicester City (0).
Chelsea (13) vs Leicester City (7).
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