Chelsea record third successive victories with a win at Leicester2 min read
Chelsea made it three wins in a row as they secured a frenetic 3-1 victory away at Leicester City on Saturday.
Goals from Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic got the job done for Chelsea, ensuring Patson Daka’s impressive strike from range did nothing to sour the day.
Leicester made a solid start to the game but their positive mood was shattered after 12 minutes after Chilwell, the unpopular former Fox, drilled a low volley into Danny Ward’s bottom corner.
James Maddison sent in a devilish free-kick soon after which found Daniel Amartey unmarked at the back post, but the latter failed to make the right contact with the ball and watched as it fizzed wide.
Chelsea came inches away from adding a second as Havertz sent Joao Felix through on goal, but the Portugal international’s sumptuous lobbed effort dinked away off the post. Moments later, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall’s deflected strike from range crashed against the bar, with both sides pushing for the next goal.
On 34 minutes, Chelsea thought they had that goal as Felix tapped home a Ruben Loftus-Cheek cross following an excellent team move, but VAR spotted the Atletico loanee in an offside position.
Buoyed by that let-off, Leicester went down the other end and equalised as Felix was caught in possession and Daka’s strike from range flew beyond Kepa and into the back of the net.
Kepa then saved from James Maddison and Kelechi Iheanacho as the Foxes came charging forwards in the final few minutes of the half, while Wesley Fofana escaped a VAR check on a potential handball that could easily have been given.
Against the run of play, it was Chelsea who went into the interval ahead. Enzo Fernandez scooped the ball over the Leicester defence and Havertz managed to flick over Ward with the final action of the first half.
Ward was needed to save a header from Wesley Fofana straight after the restart, before Conor Gallagher had to clear off the line to prevent a certain equaliser.
The Leicester goalkeeper also made a great stop to keep out a Havertz header with 20 minutes to go, moments before Dewsbury-Hall missed one of the best chances of the game as he fluffed his connection when trying to tap into an open net.
Mykhailo Mudryk found the back of the net and spent an age celebrating as the only person in the stadium who didn’t know the offside flag had been raised, but he avoided the dreaded 007 Twitter curse by knocking a cross back to Kovacic to fire home a third with ten minutes to go.
To cap off a frustrating performance for Leicester, Wout Faes was shown a second yellow card in the dying embers, allowing Chelsea to run the clock down and secure the win.