Leicester City moved into first place in the Premier League by beating Chelsea 2-0 on Tuesday. Wilfred Ndidi and James Maddison scored the goals that gave Leicester their third consecutive league victory.
Leicester’s win saw them overtake Manchester United at the top of the league table as they reached 38 points, surpassing United’s 37. However, United will reclaim the lead if they defeat Fulham on Wednesday.
The match saw Leicester get off to a quick start. After just six minutes, they scored the first goal of the match. Harvey Barnes’s errant shot off a Leicester corner kick saw the ball make its way to Ndidi. The Nigerian midfielder then launched a shot from the edge of the penalty area which reached the back of the net by way of the inside of the post.
Chelsea were seemingly provided with a golden opportunity to equalize in the 38th minute. After Leicester centre-back Jonny Evans fouled Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic, Chelsea were given a penalty kick. However, this decision was overturned after a video assistant referee (VAR) review proved that the foul took place outside the penalty box. The decision was thus changed to a free kick in favour of Chelsea. Mason Mount then missed with the resulting free kick attempt.
Leicester would make Chelsea regret that miss almost immediately. In the 41st minute, Chelsea’s defense misjudged a high ball played by Marc Albrighton. Maddison seized his opportunity and scored to put Leicester two goals ahead.
Late in the second half, Chelsea striker Timo Werner was unable to cut the deficit after he was found to have been offside before his shot which would have made it 2-1.
After an important victory which greatly aided Leicester’s bid for a second Premier League title in club history, Leicester head coach Brendan Rodgers said, “I thought we really deserved it. The players have won a lot of games against the big opponents. They showed a lot of maturity. It was a really good, professional performance.”
Understandably, Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard was downbeat about his team’s performance. “(We) look (like) a team out of form. The sharpness wasn’t there,” he said.
“Sometimes that relates to poor form, but those are moments where you have to dig in, and the basics are to run and to sprint and to cover ground, and too many of our players didn’t do it.”
Leicester’s next league match will see them play an away fixture against Everton on Jan 27. Chelsea, meanwhile, will host Wolverhampton Wanderers on the same day in an attempt to get their faltering season back on track.
20th January 2021 16:35
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