Chelsea and Leicester played out a frantic Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
The defending Premier League champions have not been in great form of late, and were up against a Chelsea side that are already having to quash rumours that they are about to sack yet another manager.
Nonetheless, the home side start the brighter of the two, and had surged into a 2-0 lead by half time courtesy of Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, as well as coming close to a third when David Luiz hit the post from a free kick.
The visitors grew into the game somewhat in the second (with Luiz hitting the post at the other end too) but the damage had already been done. Victor Moses put the seal on the win late on after a tremendous assist from substitute Nathaniel Chalobah.
Chelsea Player Ratings
Thibaut Courtios – 6: Didn’t face a single shot on target. Courtois had precious little to do for most of the game.
César Azpilicueta – 6: The centre-back role may just be a temporary measure until John Terry comes back, but Azpilicueta gave a good account of himself today without having much to be worried about.
Gary Cahill – 7: A much-needed steady performance from the stand-in captain. Cahill should still be worried about his long-term future in the starting lineup, but didn’t make his prospects worse here.
David Luiz – 7: Could have been overrun if Vardy and Musa were in the form for it, but Luiz did well to keep them quiet, and was unlucky to see a free-kick bounce of the post (as well as being lucky at the other end for the same reason).
Victor Moses – 7.5: Moses finally seems to have a place in this team. The spare part of the past few years is doing well under Conte and continued that form today, scoring after a fine one-two with Nathaniel Chalobah.
Nemanja Matic – 7.5: Still needs to find some consistency, but Matic had a good game today, good in the tackle and making interceptions to break up potential Leicester breaks.
N’Golo Kanté – 8.5: Top class performance against his former club. Made several key passes and had more interceptions than any other Chelsea player – and was unlucky not to score late on.
Marcos Alonso – 7: Competent in defence in attack, Alonso has been an important part in Chelsea adapting to Conte’s 3-4-3 formation. Could possibly have done better in terms of passing accuracy.
Eden Hazard – 7.5: A constant threat for the home side. Took his goal very well after some poor Leicester defending and constantly looked like creating something.
Pedro Rodríguez – 7: Solid display from the Spanish international, but perhaps not enough to threaten Willian’s place in the regular starting lineup.
Diego Costa – 8: Costa is a striker bang in form and is almost single-handedly keeping Chelsea going at times. The striker had Leicester’s defenders terrified for almost the whole match.
Nathaniel Chalobah (Pedro 68) – 7: Played a superb one-two with Moses for the latter’s goal late on.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Hazard 80) – N/A: Had little time to make an impact.
Ola Aina (Moses 83) – N/A: Had little time to make an impact.
Leicester City Player Ratings:
Kasper Schmeichel – 6.5: Made some good saves to stop Chelsea from further increasing their lead, while he could do very little about any of Chelsea’s goals.
Luis Hernández – 5.5: Couldn’t really cope with Marcos Alonso coming up against him, gave the Chelsea man space on more than one occasion.
Wes Morgan – 5.5: Completely lost Costa for the opener after just seven minutes, and although the captain recovered in the second half, that mistake set the tone for the game.
Roberth Huth – 4.5: Didn’t cause a goal in the same manner as Morgan but was poorer overall.
Christian Fuchs – 5: Overrun by the athleticism of Victor Moses on the left hand side of defence, to a worse degree than Hernández on the other flank.
Marc Albrighton – 4: Ineffectual would be putting in mildly. Albrighton was practically non-existent on the right of Leicester’s midfield.
Daniel Amartey – 5.5: Was hassled greatly by Matic and Kanté, and by the time he grew into the game in the second half it was far too late to make an impact.
Danny Drinkwater – 6.5: Drove forward in a way that few of his teammates were doing, but Drinkwater could not elevate Leicester to a competitive and threatening level despite his best efforts.
Jeffrey Schlupp – 5.5: A surprise starter ahead of Riyad Mahrez, but this was not a good afternoon for Schlupp. Lively but could no little with that energy.
Jamie Vardy – 5: Arguably Leicester’s most threatening player after half time, but the England international was isolated up front yet again.
Ahmed Musa – 4: Musa’s first start since August, and probably his last for a while. The explosive player in pre-season has been nowhere to be seen so far in this campaign.
Islam Slimani (Musa 67) – 5: Came on for Musa for the last twenty minutes, but could do nothing to rectify the damage.
Riyad Mahrez (Schlupp 67) – 6: Tried his best to create chances late on, but was chasing a lost cause.
Andy King (Albrighton 74) – 5: Like Slimani, could do nothing to instil much of an attacking threat into a team sapped of its morale.