Premier League

Chelsea vs Leicester 0-1 Match Report and Player Ratings article

Goals; Chelsea- none

           Leicester- Vardy (51′)

A Jamie Vardy goal was enough for Leicester to shock Chelsea at the Bridge and end the Blues unbeaten home run.

The early signs were worrying for the foxes in this game, as the match settled into an attack versus defence game in the first half. But for Leicester, they kept Chelsea to not having any shots on target for the first 30 minutes of the game.

However saying that, the Blues should have been 1-0 up in the 17th minute, when Pedro flicked on a Willian corner, and an onrushing David Luiz just had to make contact with his head to nod the ball into the net, but the Brazilian completely missed the ball, and therefore the ball drifted wide of Schmeichel’s far post. The foxes escaped on that occasion. Willian also squandered a good chance for Chelsea early on.

And the foxes were lucky to escape in the 32nd minute when Hazard spun Maguire from a free kick, and his effort smashed Schmeichel’s bar. The bar denied the Belgian his 100th goal for Chelsea on that occasion.

Amazingly, with how lucky the foxes were not to be 1-0 down at half-time,  they could have taken the lead just before half-time when Ndidi’s shot from 30 yards produced an outstanding save by Kepa to keep the scores at 0-0 going into half-time.

Chelsea huffed and puffed in the first half but just couldn’t find a way to get a goal in the first half.

The second half was a completely different story, with Leicester starting the brighter, and their efforts paid off in the 51st minute when Pedro gave the ball away, and Maddison slotted in Vardy who finished well past Kepa to give the foxes a valuable 0-1 lead at the Bridge.

Chelsea didn’t really come into life until the 90th minute when Rüdiger header from a corner somehow flashed wide of Schmeichel’s target. And Chelsea’s best chance came in the dying moments of the game when Kanté slotted in Alonso who was played through 1-on-1 by the Frenchman, and his shot cannoned off the inside of the post and rolled away to Leicester’s relief, and to Chelsea’s frustration.

This famous win for Leicester ends Chelsea’s unbeaten home record, and most importantly for the foxes, relieves the pressure on Claude Puel.

 

Player and Manager Ratings

Chelsea (4-3-3)

Kepa- 7 (Made some great saves to keep the score at only 0-1)

Azpilicueta- 6 (prevented a second Leicester goal  with a great block, but was awful in the attacking phase of the game. Couldn’t cross a ball)

Luiz- 4 (Sliced open for Leicester’s first goal)

Rüdiger- 4(Sliced open for Leicester’s first goal)

Alonso- 4 (Missed a massive chance at the end to level for Chelsea)

Jorginho- 4 (Kept misplacing passes)

Kovacic- 3 (Offered nothing to the game today)

Kanté- 5 (Looked lost in Sarri’s system today)

Pedro- 2 (Diabolical today)

Willian- 3 (Awful like Pedro. Should have put Chelsea in the lead within the first five minutes)

Hazard- 8 (Created most of Chelsea’s chances)

Subs;

Loftus-Cheek- 6 (Played much better than Kovacic when he came on)

Giroud- 4 (Offered nothing to the game when he came on)

Fabregas (Awful when he came on today)

Manager Rating: Maurizio Sarri- 5– Should have started Loftus-Cheek, and should have made the changes of withdrawing Willian and Kovacic at half-time.

 

Leicester (4-3-3)

Schmeichel- 8 (Made some excellent saves to deny Hazard)

Chilwell- 8 (Played very well in the attacking and defensive phase today)

Maguire- 8 (Solid in defence)

Morgan- 8 (Solid in defence)

Pereira- 7 (Really good performance from the wingback today. Caused alot of havoc bombing forward today)

Choudhury- 9 (Excellent for such a young player. Controlled the midfield and has had two good performances in a week against Chelsea today and Manchester City in the Carabao Cup)

Mendy- 7 (Brilliant in the midfield today)

Ndidi- 8 (Nearly scored a worldie in the first half, but was denied by Kepa)

Maddison- 8 (Got a brilliant assist for Vardy’s goal)

Albrighton- 6 (Had a few chances, but probably was Leicester’s poorest attacker)

Vardy- 8 (Very well taken goal today. Showing Chelsea how to finish chances when 1-on-1)

Subs;

Gray- 5 (Didn’t make an impact when he came on)

Iheanacho- 7 (Had a decent cameo when he came on)

Manager Rating: Claude Puel- 9- Massive result to relieve the pressure on him.

Match Statistics (Credit- BBC Sport)

                                      Chelsea                                  Leicester 

Possession (%)                72                                              28

Shots                                  17                                               8

Shots on Target                 5                                                3

Corners                                9                                               5

Fouls                                    10                                              9

Position in the Premier League table

Chelsea fails to leapfrog Tottenham in the table, and this defeat means that the Blues only remain in the top 4 on goal difference, ahead of Arsenal who beat Burnley today. Both the Gunners and the Blues now have 37 points going into Christmas.

Leicester moves up to 9th in the table with this famous win at Stamford Bridge, with 25 points. This Leicester win would have made their former owner Vichai very proud.

 

Next games for both teams

Both teams are next in action on boxing day, with Leicester hosting Manchester City at home at 3pm (UK time). Manchester City will be looking to bounce back after their shock defeat to Crystal Palace today!

Chelsea play Watford away from home in the London derby at 7:30p. (UK time)

Check out Chivers and Ron ‘Chopper’ Harris’s post-match analysis podcast for this match on Sportstalkline.com later this week.

Also remember to check out my Isco opinion piece, and my piece on who I think Sarri needs to sell in the next two transfer windows.

By Danyal Khan

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