Chelsea were at their imperious best in a 3-0 victory against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge.
It didn’t take a lot, however, Chelsea’s first two goals were handed to them on a plate by some terrible defending from the Foxes, who have now lost each of their three matches prior to a Champions League fixture.
The damage was done in the first half, where goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard ensured three points for the Blues in the first game back from the international break. Victor Moses sealed the win late on.
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Claudio Ranieri’s team were much improved after the restart but there were few positives for the Italian to take.
Victory for Antonio Conte’s team lifts them to fifth in the table, while Leicester City’s inevitable hangover from last season continued with their third defeat in five matches.
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Costa puts the hosts ahead in the seventh minute when he turned home from a corner, and Hazard made the most of yet more lacklustre defending to round Kasper Schmeichel and slot the ball into the net in the 33rd minute. Moses latched onto Nathaniel Chalobah's exquisite flick to score with 10 minutes remaining.
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Rather curiously, Kante was just as good going forward as he was in defence.
The Frenchman played a lovely lofted pass to Hazard in the first half, which the Belgian couldn’t convert, and played in Victor Moses in the second after launching a quick counter-attack.
Leicester are missing him dearly.
Chelsea’s summer signing flourished in just his second Premier League start, starting at wing-back in Antonio Conte’s 3-4-3 system.
The Spaniard proved a constant threat down Chelsea’s left, making plenty of dangerous crosses.
If defending Eden Hazard wasn’t hard enough, right backs will now have to deal with Alonso’s forward runs. Gulp.
He’s very often the butt of the jokes but Luiz was brilliant against Leicester. He came close with two free-kicks in the first half and put in a fine defensive effort, thwarting Jamie Vardy in the second half.
We won’t mention his attempted bicycle kick though…
The Leicester City captain denied a certain N’Golo Kante goal in the second half but he was at fault for Chelsea’s first goal, losing Diego Costa in the penalty box.
Albrighton wasn’t afraid to get on the ball but the results when he did have possession were not very good.
This is bad, right?
The Leicester man showed his ability in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona, scoring a wonderful goal, but he was absent against Chelsea.
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