Chelsea locked horns against the former English Premier League champions Leicester City at the King Power Stadium o Saturday. The Blues got the lead through Alvaro Morata’s neat finish after Cesar Azpilicueta’s stunning cross, and just before the halfway mark, Antonio Conte’s men doubled their lead after N’Golo Kante’s appealing strike.
The Foxes did come back strongly in the second half and eventually, Thibaut Courtois gave the home side a lifeline by tripping Jamie Vardy inside the box. The striker then converted the penalty by striking it handsomely down the middle. However, Chelsea kept their calm and bagged all three points at the end and here are three talking points that could be taken out from their win.
Alvaro Morata Showing His Worth
New signing Alvaro Morata has hit the ground up and running ever since his move to the Stamford Bridge from La Liga giants Real Madrid. The Spaniard broke the deadlock, scoring his third goal of the season and was meticulous for the major part of the game against the Foxes.
His first touches were spectacular, kept trying to make the best use of the opportunities that were handed to him, he led the line well and despite losing many key physical battles during the early stages, he did come strongly later on and was on fire.
N’Golo Kante Was Class Apart
Former Leicester City midfielder N’Golo Kante dazzled in the Chelsea shirt as he toiled relentlessly throughout the pitch. He looked good throughout the game and knitted the Blues in a shrewd manner, dominating the midfield on his own.
He not only cushioned the backline and read the game well but also scored by hitting a fine right-footed shot into the bottom corner from outside the box to score the winning goal. Further, he did a class act by not celebrating his goal against his former employers.
Harry Maguire Proving To Be An Astute Signing
There was a feeling around the King Power Stadium that Leicester City’s summer signing Harry Maguire is worth the fuss. The £17million transfer fee which was dished out to acquire his services has already started to look like a bargain as he defended well and injected a lot of resilience in Craig Shakespeare’s backline.
The centre-back brought the ball out of the back, kept the offensive endeavours of the opposition in check more often than not and it is riveting to see how nicely he has settled in. A lot would be expected from the Englishman this season.