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Chelsea 2-1 Leicester: Three Things We Learned

Harry Kettle in Editorial, English Premier League 19 May 2021

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Last night saw Chelsea and Leicester City lock horns for the second time in just a matter of days and this time around, the Blues were the ones who were able to get the job done with a 2-1 with that could prove vital in the top four race this season. Now, as we edge closer and closer towards the end of the campaign, every point matters with Sunday fast approaching.

FA Cup revenge

It wasn’t so long ago, just a few days in fact, that Leicester City managed to beat Chelsea and win the FA Cup for the first time. The game was riddled with controversy courtesy of a late VAR decision but in the end, the Foxes claimed victory. It always felt as if Chelsea would come into this fixture with a bit of a chip on their shoulder and while they still have the Champions League final to think about, securing a top four spot was always going to be absolutely key for Thomas Tuchel.

Deja vu for Leicester?

Last season, Leicester City slipped out of the Champions League places on the final day of the season after looking pretty comfortable for months. Now, the same exact thing is at risk of happening again with Liverpool knowing a win over Burnley will vault them above Brendan Rodgers’ men. The FA Cup win and a minimum of Europa League qualification means this has to still be viewed as a successful campaign, but making that step up to the UCL would serve as a huge statement of their intent.

Final day chaos

This Sunday will see all 20 Premier League clubs kick off at the same time at 4pm. Leicester will play host to Tottenham, Chelsea are away at Aston Villa and Liverpool take on Crystal Palace at Anfield. Regardless of what result the Reds get against the Clarets tonight, we won’t know the final top four line-up until the whistles blow up and down the country around 6pm. That’s the kind of final day tension fans are looking for and, quite clearly, these three clubs will do everything in their power to provide us with some drama.

Match Report

Chelsea: Mendy (6), Rudiger (7.5), Silva (7.5), James (7), Chilwell (7), Jorginho (7.5), Kante (6.5), Azpilicueta (7), Mount (7), Pulisic (6.5), Werner (7), Giroud (6), Zouma (6), Kovacic (7.5)

Leicester: Schmeichel (7), Castagne (6), Fofana (6.5), Soyuncu (7), Albrighton (6), Tielemans (7), Ndidi (7.5), Thomas (6), Perez (6), Maddison (6), Vardy (6.5), Pereira (6.5), Iheanacho (7.5)

Referee: Mike Dean

Goals: Rudiger, Jorginho pen :: Iheanacho

Yellow Cards: Mendy, Azpilicueta, Perez, Ndidi, Fofanfa, Pereira

Red Cards: N/A

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Harry Kettle


Harry is a University of Worcester graduate who has been writing professionally for the last two years. He specialises in several sports such as MMA, pro wrestling and athletics, with football being his primary love. He continues to dream of a life in the Premier League as a Wolves fan.

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