Chelsea survive late scare to see off fighting Foxes
Chelsea saw off a tough late fightback from Leicester to secure a third consecutive Premier League victory at the King Power Stadium. The result takes them into the top three, just a point off both Manchester clubs.
The opening half an hour was promising for both sides, with energetic attacking play from both teams creating promise but no clear chances.
Alvaro Morata was looking increasingly isolated up front as he struggled against the physical might of Harry Maguire and Wes Morgan, who put in a couple of important blocks to deny the Spaniard on the two occasions he was able to get a shot away.
The former Real player kept the faith though, and opened the scoring with a fantastic header that saw him finally get the better of Morgan, rising to head home from above the defender from a superb pass from Cesar Azpilicueta.
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The goal saw Chelsea go in ahead, and they doubled their lead soon after the break, former Fox N’Golo Kante scoring a sniper’s effort from miles outside the box. The Frenchman didn’t celebrate, but the away fans certainly did.
At that point it looked set to be a downhill ride for Antonio Conte’s men, but a moment of defensive confusion saw Thibaut Courtois bring down Jamie Vardy in the box, and the Englishman smashed home the penalty to give the last 20 minutes a very nervy shade for Chelsea.
In the end the Blues could have scored more, but a 2-1 win was the least they deserved. The opening day defeat to Burnley seems a long way off now. Next up? Arsenal.