An early second half goal from N’Golo Kante alongside a first half header from Alvaro Morata was enough to see Conte’s side leave the King Power Stadium this afternoon with three valuable points.
The 2-1 victory for the 2016/17 Champions did not come easy and the Foxes had chances in the second half to get something from the game but Chelsea stood strong and fought for the well-deserved victory.
A lively start in Leicester saw both teams have chances and the international break did not seem to take its toll on the starting teams. The best chances early on fell to Vardy who blazed his shot just wide and Morata whose effort was blocked by Leicester captain, Morgan.
As 40 minutes whizzed by, the heavens opened and a treacherous downpour made conditions difficult for both teams. But, 41 minutes came Chelsea’s break-through, summer signing, Morata, who now has 3 goals and two assists and looks to be enjoying life in England nodded the ball down into the back of the net past frustrated keeper, Kasper Schmeichel.
The Chelsea goal came seconds after Leicester should have found the back of the net themselves. A classic Leicester counter attack was begun by Mahrez who raced through and found his country man, Slimani whose shot was well saved by Courtois.
Shakespeare clearly frustrated, felt changes were needed at the break and replaced Albrighton and Slimani with King and Gray. But these changes were in vein when the beloved N’Golo Kante found the net with a 25-yard effort which trickled through the legs of Maguire and nestled into the corner of Kasper’s goal. It was almost as if Leicester were happy for Kante to sit on the ball this far out from goal, as known from his time at Leicester, he never was a real danger from outside the box but today was a different story and Leicester found themselves 2-0 down, undeservedly so but the better team were ahead.
A ravenous Gray picked up the ball on 60 minutes and headed towards Courtois’ goal with the voice of the kop behind him, he battled through and a pass towards goal looked to be gobbled up by the Chelsea keeper but he was clearly not warned Jamie Vardy was around. Vardy darted from the penalty spot and got the ball before the keeper and followed through over Courtois leg. Lee Mason pointed to the spot and Vardy happily crashed the ball into the middle of the goal, 2-1 Chelsea.
The remainder of the game was slow and lacklustre but Willian had a superb chance to make it 3-1 to the visitors. His effort was saved by Schmeichel who made himself big and got Leicester on their way in search of an equaliser. King had a great chance to give his team a point but couldn’t direct his header towards goal. The game fizzled out and eventually, the international break did show its presence as the players were clearly knackered and were obviously patiently waiting for Mason to blow his full-time whistle.
MOTM: N’Golo Kante – A leopard never changes his spots. Kante never changes and produced another magnificent display at his old home. He was everywhere and added the all-important goal too. A great performance from the Chelsea man.
Written by Eamon Kitching.