On the week where only the Diego Costa saga took English media by storm and proved to be the major headline, Leicester City hosted a costa-less Chelsea at the King Power as the Blues from London looked to get back to winning ways after the London derby setback against Spurs. The team fielded by Conte was majorly expected as Eden Hazard, Pedro and Willian led the line and no direct return for Nathan Ake as the backline and midfield remained the same.
Leicester are fighting a relegation battle of their own and at the King Power it looked to be a match that would be balanced and only a determined penetration would get goals for Chelsea but the first five minutes itself, Conte’s men proved us wrong.
A fine link up play saw a cross get into the box and Hazard put it neatly in the path of Marcos Alonso who finished superbly with his weak foot. A finesse shot that gave no chance for Kasper Schmeichel! Chelsea were wobbly until half time but Leicester’s attack was not spicy at all to cause any sort of discomfort.
Second half and five minutes later it was the same story again and Alonso got a shot away which was deflected by Morgan and the ball ended in the net. Chelsea were already closing the gates on Leicester as a frowning Ranieri looked on while Conte was all over the touchline celebrating.
Chelsea killed off the game later on as another good combo saw Willian break into the right and a shot from him saw Schmeichel get something to it and the ball went up only for Pedro to jump and head it home. Chelsea were absolutely cruising and there was no sign at all of the Blues missing Costa.
The Best And The Worst Chelsea Players Rated From Their Win Vs Leicester City
1) GK: Thibaut Courtois – 7.5/10
Looked to be a dominating figure at the back and made a sublime reflex save to continue his clean-sheet run. He is truly establishing himself as one of the world’s best.
2) CB: Caesar Azpilicueta – 7/10
Made a mistake early on but as the game went on, he grew better. It was another solid display from the Spaniard.
3) CB: David Luiz – 6.5/10
There is always that risk factor with Luiz and he looked a little shaky too but clean-sheet is a positive for the whole side and I can’t deny he was defensively sound again.
4) CB: Gary Cahill – 7/10
Vardy troubled him a tiny bit but he came out on top as the game wore out. If performances like these continue, Kurt Zouma, Ake and Terry have their work cut out for sure.