01 de Febrero de 2020

Points are shared after a hard-fought draw at KC Stadium (2-2)

The points are shared away at KC Stadium as Blues fought-out a 2-2 draw against Leicester City. Toni Rudiger marked his 100th Chelsea game in style, with the opening goal of the game seconds into the second half of this lunchtime contest in the Midlands, and then a brilliant headed equaliser after Leicester had taken the lead with two strikes in quick succession. Pedro formed on the starting line-up and played a good performance for ‘blues’ before being replaced by Willian (74').

Both Chelsea goals came from set-pieces taken by Mason Mount but Leicester levelled soon after the first with a deflected ball from Harvey Barnes, and then went ahead with a Ben Chilwell goal after the Blues dealt poorly with danger.

The German centre-back was there to rescue a point however which maintains our deficit to Leicester above us in the table at eight points, although we were thankful our opponents wasted two great chances to win the game towards the end.

The first half of a lively contest was goalless. Both sides must have been thinking they should have scored as they went in at the interval, although they had managed only one shot on-target each. The full-backs were Chelsea’s most creative threat in that first period – Reece James with his pacy crossing and Cesar Azpilicueta with more measured deliveries giving Tammy Abraham hope of a goal.

Leicester’s former England striker Jamie Vardy had their best first-half chance but he was denied by Willy Caballero who made other saves, and although his part in the Foxes second goal was questioned by some, Frank Lampard pointed the finger at the poor marking of the goalscorer instead.

The first ever winter break in the Premier League means it is just over two weeks until our next outing. That will be at Stamford Bridge on the evening of Monday 17 February when we host Manchester United.

- Match stats:

Chelsea (4-3-3): Caballero; James, Christensen, Rudiger, Azpilicueta (c); Kante, Mount; Jorginho (Kovacic 74); Hudson-Odoi, Abraham (Barkley 83), Pedro (Willian 74).

Scorer Rudiger 46, 71

Booked Jorginho 56, Kovacic 76
Leicester (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel (c); Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Choudhury; Perez, Tielemans (Praet 80), Maddison, Barnes; Vardy (Iheanacho 80).

Scorers Barnes 54, Chilwell 64

Booked Maddison 61, Evans 90

Crowd 32,186

Referee Lee Mason

- Match report by chelseafc.com

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