(written by Jack Bibb)
A cagey affair, to begin with, Leicester swiftly took control and asserted their dominance on proceedings. Wilfried Ndidi put the home side ahead early on, firing home with a left-footed volley from the edge of the box after mopping up Harvey Barnes’ miscued strike.
The Foxes continued to hunt in packs and nearly capitalised on Chelsea’s defensive error until ex-Leicester man Ben Chilwell cleared his lines, sparing the blushes of Edouard Mendy.
Playmaker James Maddison crashed the bar from range as Brendan Rodgers men yet again threatened on the attack.
Reece James responded soon after Maddison’s attempt and came closest for Chelsea when he blasted the ball from a tight angle towards goal, only to be denied by Kasper Schmeichel.
A shining light despite The Blues bleak performances, Callum Hudson-Odoi’s recent efforts were rewarded with a start versus the Foxes. The nifty winger carved out a great chance, but his effort did no more than ripple the side netting as half an hour passed Chelsea by.
Maddison doubled Leicester’s lead minutes before the half, slotting home past Mendy after latching onto Harvey Barnes’ pinpoint through ball.
The 24-year-old continues to push for a spot in England’s Euro 2021 squad and his impressive performance tonight, following on from a spectacular goal against Southampton, will give Gareth Southgate a selection headache come this summer.
Chelsea started the second half in search of a goal to spark a comeback- one in which may salvage Frank Lampard’s job. The Blues nearly mangled to bundle the ball across the line from a Ben Chilwell corner, but it was in fact the hosts that looked more likely to grab the game’s next goal.
Lampard brought on some much-needed attacking firepower in Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech as his side continue to probe Leicester’s resolute defence.
Werner notched what most likely appeared to be only a consolation goal, but his celebration was short-lived as his strike was chalked away for offside.
As yet another poor result looms over the club, question is, will Lampard be getting sacked in the morning?