Leicester 2 vs. 2 Chelsea Review

All things said and done, a good point.

Chelsea travelled to play Leicester on Saturday and came away with a point after an entertaining 90 minutes where all the goals came in the 2nd half. Lampard made some surprising changes with Kepa dropped for the first time, Caballero started in his place, while our back four consisted of Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Christensen, and Reece. Our midfield was made up of Jorginho, Kante, and Mount while our frontline was Pedro, Hudson-Odoi, and Tammy. The lineup raised some questions especially with Rudiger, and Pedro while questions were asked why Kovacic, Tomori or Zouma had not started the game. Rodgers selected a strong lineup as predicted with the only difference being Choudhary in for Ndidi who had a small injury. 

The game started off in blistering fashion as it was end to end both teams had several chances in the first half but once again Chelsea were the better team and should have been 1 or 2-0 up at least. Reece James delivered some perfect crosses into the boxes but everyone was either short or too ahead of the pass to make any contact with them. Mount then was lucky that he was caught offside as he skied from point blank range. Caballero made some nervy saves as well with Leicester creating some good chances via Harvey Barnes and Perez on the wings. 

The 2nd half started with a goal in the 46th minute as Mount took a cross and Rudiger made contact to put Chelsea 0-1 up. A good delivery and a good header in a rare set piece goal. Leicester though were more than up for it and Barnes equalised in the 54th minute as his shot was heavily deflected into the net with Caballero caught out. Leicester were then in the ascendancy as Chilwell gave Leicester the lead in the 64th minute as some dubious goalkeeping by Caballero flustered the defence and Chilwell found space to score. Chelsea needed a set piece as the most threat was coming from those and they got one in the 71st minute. Mount took the free kick and Rudiger scored a great header to equalise. Kovacic, and Willian came on for Jorginho, and Pedro in some late changes, while Barkley was also brought on a bit later for Tammy. Lampard probably sending another message by playing Willian as a false 9, but Chelsea saw out the draw after a nervy ending. 

Player wise Caballero was decent while making some mistakes, but not a big difference between him and Kepa. The defence was decent, Azpilicueta was good defensively as usual, Reece was great going forward and in general but maybe suffered from tiredness in the 2nd half. Christensen was solid once again while Rudiger did provide the two goals and thank god for that but had nervy moments in defence. Jorginho was good as dictated play while Kante arguably had his best game in a while as he made several tackles and ran all over the pitch. Mount was good and got two assists but he needs to start working on his end product. Hudson-Odoi was dangerous in the 1st half but that final decision is lacking while Pedro was better than Hull but not great. Tammy did well considering he was in pain and caused the Leicester defence problems but he also needs to work on his finishing in the break. Kovacic made a difference when he came on while Willian and Barkley made no real impact. 

In the grand scheme of things United and Wolves drew their game so Chelsea stay 6 points clear of them while Sheffield won and our now 5 points behind us. With Chelsea I have remained adamant that the youth needs time and while we are still on course for a top four finish we need to use this fortnight to recover and work on aspects of our game mainly finishing. Giroud should get a look in once we are back because he deserves it while hopefully Pulisic is back, and RLC at least able to feature from the bench. Finishing remains our problem and if we can sort that out we could make it a less nervy end to the season. Next game is on the 17th against Man United at Stamford Bridge. COME ON YOU BLUES!!!

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