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Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea: Player Ratings

Rupin Kale
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Leicester City v Chelsea - The Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final
Pedro's extra-time burst saw Chelsea through to the last four

Antonio Conte and his team put in an edgy yet effective performance away from home against a spirited Leicester City attack to enter the last four of the FA Cup.

In the initial phase of the game, it looked like the West London side was still reeling from the loss suffered against Barcelona in the Round of 16 of the Champions League. However, clever substitutions from Conte and effective counter-attacking from Chelsea saw the reigning Premier League champions through to the semi-final of the FA Cup.

The match went to extra-time after the sides were tied at 1-1 at the conclusion of 90 minutes. In a brilliant cameo, Pedro scored a straightforward header in the first half of the extra time to claim the game for his side.

Here are the player ratings for both the sides...

Leicester City

West Bromwich Albion v Leicester City - Premier League
Vardy stepped up yet again!

Kasper Schmeichel: 5/10

The goalkeeper was at the top of his game and he made some good saves in the 90 minutes. He couldn't do much for the first goal but could have done a bit better for the second one.

Danny Simpson: 6/10

The right-back was weak in one-on-one duels and did not look comfortable going forward. He tried to put in some crosses, but couldn't really muster anything noteworthy. Average performance by him on the night.

Wes Morgan: 7/10

This strong and burly Jamaican did not let the Chelsea attack get the better of him. He was a strong presence in the Leicester defence and was vital to keeping them alive in the game when they were a goal down.

Harry Maguire: 7/10

The centre-back was really good going forward and produced some effective long balls for the attackers. He played a vital role in helping Jamie Vardy clinch the second goal of the game.

Ben Chilwell: 6/10

The left-back looked threatening while going forward but was a little shaky at the back. He is someone who can dribble well and beat players using his pace, so he's an exciting prospect for the Foxes.

Riyad Mahrez: 7.5/10

The Algerian played pretty well and with his sleek passing and effective vision, he caused many problems for the Chelsea defence. It was him who set up Vardy for the goal in the second half.

Vicente Iborra: 6/10

His forward passing was accurate and to the mark, but he struggled to maintain the defensive shape in midfield. Lost numerous duels and did not provide the strong cover for the defence.

Wilfred Ndidi: 8/10

He probably was the best Leicester player on the field yesterday. Ndidi rose to the challenge pretty well and did well against the likes of Kante and Bakayoko and made as many as 10 tackles in the game.

Marc Albrighton: 7/10

He had a good game and looked promising on the left flank. Tried to create numerous chances and was very much involved in the Leicester attack throughout the game.

Kelechi Iheanacho: 5/10

Conte specifically pointed out before the game that Iheanacho was a threat. The Italian was successful in his attempt, as the striker was nullified in the 68 minutes that he played.

Jamie Vardy: 7.5/10

The Englishman is a big match player who always turns up against strong teams and celebrated opposition. He did the same against Chelsea, and it was his goal that brought Leicester back into the game and pushed the Blues into extra-time.


Substitutes

Shinji Okazaki: 6/10

He couldn't affect the game after coming on in the second half. The Japanese footballer is much more clinical in the final third than he was on the night.

Adrien Silva: 5/10

He was brought into the game in the first half of the extra time but barely had any vital touches on the ball.

Fousseni Diabate and Demarai Gray: 5/10

They came in too late to have any real impact on the proceedings. Could not create anything special in their brief display on the night.

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Rupin Kale is a cricket, tennis, and football aficionado who believes in the power and purity of sport. Rahul Dravid is her role model, while the Indian Cricket Team, Arsenal and Novak Djokovic enjoy her full-fledged support. She is extremely passionate about sports and has learnt galore about life by just following it through the years.
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