Blues return to league action by collecting three valuable points at the King Power.
Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).
Domestic football resumed on Saturday with an early kick-off, which featured a repeat of the last season’s FA Cup final as league leaders Chelsea travelled to the King Power Stadium.
The Blues have looked fantastic under Thomas Tuchel, firing from all cylinders whilst keeping clean sheets in the process. The Foxes, on other hand, have endured a relatively rough start to the new campaign, winning just four of their opening eleven league games.
The visitors began the game brightly with Ben Chilwell striking the crossbar in the opening five minutes. The visitors
The Blues remained in control with Leicester pegged back into their own half with no escape. On the 14th minute, Tuchel’s side had their lead as Antonio Rüdiger headed beyond Kasper Schmeichel from close range.
Shortly after, the Blues came close to finding a second as N’Golo Kanté was denied a goal against his former club.
On the 24th minute, the Foxes found the back of the net and celebrated what they thought was an equaliser. However, the linesman flag was correctly raised to disallow the goal.
Although Kasper Schmeichel got the better of Kanté earlier, there was nothing he could do on the 27th minute as the Frenchman fired in Chelsea’s second.
The visitors now had an impressive two goal lead and were firmly in control.
The remaining 15 minutes of the first half featured niggly fouls and half chances, which all fell to Chelsea. The Foxes were not at the races and needed a big improvement in the second half if they were to get anything from the game.
Despite Leicester’s desperation for a goal, it was Chelsea’s dominance that continued in the second half. In fact, the Blues came close to a killer third on the 53rd minute as Ben Chilwell was denied by Schmeichel.
Although they had the lead, Chelsea kept their foot on the gas and aimed to seal the deal at the King Power. There was notable efforts from Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was unable to beat Schmeichel on both occasions.
On the hour mark, an untested Édouard Mendy was brought to his best as he denied Daniel Amartey with a breath-taking save. There was also a great chance for Jamie Vardy a minute or so later, he failed to hit the target from six yards.
Chelsea’s best chance for a third goal arrived on the 67th minute as substitutes Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic combined, with the American missing just wide of the target.
Four minutes later, the two were involved again as Ziyech found Pulisic inside the area, with the 23-year-old then wrapping the game with his finish.
Excluding a disallowed goal for Hudson-Odoi, the remaining 20 minutes were as good as actionless – with Chelsea seeing out an impressive victory on the road.
After the whistle:
Leicester have proven to be tricky customers for Chelsea in recent seasons, and even more so at the King Power. However, yesterday’s game only highlighted just how good Tuchel’s side are as they got the job done in the midlands.
The Blues proved to be too much for Leicester – who were below par on the day. The Foxes will look to regain form starting in their next match, as they take on Legia Warsaw in the Europa League.
Chelsea are next in action on Tuesday against Juventus, where the London club will look to seek another victory and consequently top their group.
Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea.
- Rüdiger (14’).
- Kanté (28’).
- Pulisic (71’).
BBC Sports Player of the match:
N’Golo Kanté (Chelsea).
Leicester City (3-4-3): Schmeichel ©; Amartey, Evans, Söyüncü; Albrighton, Soumaré (75’), Ndidi, Castange; Lookman (45’), Vardy, Barnes (45’).
- Subs: Iheanacho (45’), Maddison (45’), Dewsbury-Hall (75’).
Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Chalobah, Silva, Rüdiger, James, Kanté, Jorginho © (77’), Chilwell; Mount (62’), Hudson-Odoi; Havertz (62’).
- Subs: Ziyech (62’), Pulisic (62’), Loftus-Cheek (77’).
Leicester City (38%) vs Chelsea (62%).
Leicester City (4) vs Chelsea (16).
Shots on target:
Leicester City (3) vs Chelsea (7).
Leicester City (3) vs Chelsea (5).
Leicester City (15) vs Chelsea (8).
- (credit | BBC Sport).
- (credit | Chelsea Football Club).