Chelsea all but secured the third position on the table as they produced one of the close football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. James Maddison opened the scoring in the sixth minute before Marcos Alonso equalized for the home side in the 34th minute. Chelsea dominated the match after the equalizer but failed to find the back of the net thereafter.
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Chalobah (6), Silva (7), Rudiger (6), Alonso (7), Kante (5), Jorginho (6), James (8), Pulisic (5), Ziyech (6), Lukaku (6).
Subs: Azpilicueta (6), Loftus-Cheek (6), Havertz (6).
Leicester: Schmeichel (8), Amartey (7), Evans (8), Fofana (8), Thomas (7), Dewsbury-Hall (7), Mendy (7), Castagne (7), Maddison (8), Iheanacho (6), Vardy (6).
Subs: Barnes (6), Perez (6).
Man of the match: Reece James
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “We were the better team and deserved to win. We needed a point and we got a point. We didn’t allow anything. We got punished by a shot from outside the box. We created enough to win and didn’t allow transitions or chances for Leicester. I’m absolutely fine with the performance. It’s a bit like a broken record. We did not take what we deserve. It’s the story of the season. We need an assist from a wing-back and a goal from a wing-back. You can see the numbers of our offensive players and you can see the numbers of the teams who are in front of us. But still, today is the day where we secured the top three.”
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: “We got off to a great start. Wonderful goal. Terrific play and James’ finish was superb. You know when you play against Chelsea you’re going to have to defend well and be super concentrated. The players were that. We’re disappointed with the goal – he obviously gets in at the back post. Apart from that, concentration levels were good. We didn’t have too many scares. We defended corners well. It was the very least the players deserved.”
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