12 de Mayo de 2019

Third spot secured in Premier League final game (0-0)

Chelsea secured a third-place Premier League finish with a point on the road as the domestic campaign came to a close at the King Power Stadium. Pedro played the full 90 minutes of this last game of the domestic competition.

The Blues were unable to score for the first time in seven games but a clean sheet ensured a share of the points, and Tottenham’s own draw at home to Everton means Maurizio Sarri’s side end the season with only Manchester City, the champions, and Liverpool above us.

The first period was engaging if not action-packed, with Ross Barkley firing straight at Kasper Schmeichel early on and Gonzalo Higuain twice going close to breaking the deadlock. The first effort was unlucky, a low strike that flashed just wide of the far post, though his second chance at the end of the half ought to have caused Schmeichel more problems following Marcos Alonso’s cross.

Opportunities were more sparse after the break, with only Pedro and Loftus-Cheek offering the threat of a Chelsea goal, but a point was ultimately enough to add third place to our Champions League return.

The squad will now fly to Boston tomorrow for the ‘Final Whistle On Hate’ charity match aimed at raising awareness of antisemitism and other forms of discrimination issues. It is hosted by New England Revolution at their Gillette Stadium and is played in the early hours of Thursday morning UK time. On the return home later in the week, attentions turn to Baku and a European final against Arsenal.



- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3) Caballero; Zappacosta, Azpilicueta (c), David Luiz, Alonso; Barkley (Kovacic 76), Jorginho, Loftus-Cheek; Pedro, Higuain (Giroud 84), Willian (Hazard 69)

Booked Jorginho 30

Leicester City (4-4-1-1) Schmeichel; Ricardo, Evans, Maguire, Chilwell; Choudry, Ndidi (Okazaki 67), Albrighton (Simpson 76), Tielemans; Maddison (Barnes 84); Vardy

Referee Anthony Taylor

Crowd 32,140

- Match report by chelseafc.com


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