Well, that was a great match for Chelsea; and a poor one for Leicester.
The home side were excellent - especially in the first half - and their verve and sense of adventure were well rewarded. Kante was brilliant, Luiz entertaining but unusually solid, Costa, Hazard and Moses dangerous. That back three is starting to work!
Leicester, though, were poorer than they have been for a long while. I can't recollect a single cohesive move attempted by them in the first half, and although they improved by leaps and bounds in the second half, it was nowhere near good enough
Nathaniel Chalobah announced his arrival on the big stage in style with a classy backheel assist to Moses, and that was the last meaningful moment of the match.
Chelsea can build on this over the week, Leicester meanwhile have the Champions League to contend with on Tuesday night. The defending champions need to clear their heads. And soon!!
It was fun covering this match, Anirudh Menon signing out
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CHELSEA STROLL AWAY WITH THREE POINTS. Leicester was apathetic and pathetic - even though they did try something in the second half. Chalobah's touch and Moses' finish killed off all that pronto.
92' Mahrez swings in a ball that is too deep after some good work on the right. Story of the half for Leicester
91' This game is petering out to its logical conclusion.
89' Marcos Alonso runs in after a great give and go with Cheek. Then he attempts to Ronaldo-it into the net from the edge of the box. He is not Ronaldo. The ball is on its way down the street to Tottenham right now
88' Conte's 3 man defence has worked to perfection today!
86' Kante has been EVERYWHERE TODAY. Turn away from the TV for a minute, and if you look back Kante is on the ball. Left, right, center, defence, attack - Everywhere!
85' Leicester want at least one goal back here and are committing a lot of people forward. A better pass from Kante and that would have been four
84' UFF!!! DRINKWATER!! He drives in and unleashes a left-footed howitzer. Cahill throws himself at it in the Terry-style. Corner for Leicester
83' CHELSEA HAVE KILLED THIS GAME EXPERTLY!!! Seven minutes to play, but this looks beyond even the miracle workers of Leicester
SUBSTITUTIONS for Chelsea - Hazard and Moses OFF, Aina and Loftus-Cheek ON
Chalobah pulls out a swiveling backheel of the highest order! it was a touch that would have made Ronaldinho proud! Moses runs on to that beautiful assist and makes no mistake
78' Slimani sells Fuchs short and Hazard nips into win the ball. Drinkwater gets fed up and drives through the Belgian
77' Eden Hazard is so hard to push off the ball! He does superbly to keep the ball away from Leicester feet and maintain possession. Nemanja Matic gets on the ball at the edge of the box and his shot takes a wicked deflection. Schmeichel does well to recover and save!!
76' Leicester are patiently passing this about trying to pick the lock. Drinkwater is not going to do any lockpicking with that horrible pass forward
74' Drinkwater attempts to run in behind Moses but is waved offside!
71' SUBSTITUTION - the excellent Albrighton OFF, King ON. Fresh legs, I assume!
70' OH GOD!! KANTE!!!!! That was more superb interplay between Kante and Costa. Costa's shot is well saved by Schmeichel and Kante's follow up is amazingly blocked by Wes Morgan. That was a superb chance, and an even better block!!! Conte can't believe it!
69' Costa breaks with extreme prejudice, and he plays in Hazard, but the Belgian is superbly blocked by Hernandez. The pattern for the next twenty minutes is set - Leicester have all the possession, Chelsea looking to counter
68' Leicester are playing 4-3-3 now: Mahrez and Vardy on the flanks of the top 3
67' SUBSTITUTION - Pedro OFF, Chalobah ON. That beep! beep! you hear is the bus backing up into a PARKED position
66' SUBSTITUTION - Musa OFF, Slimani ON... Schlupp OFF, Mahrez ON. That's a jump in quality right there. Chelsea will have their work cut out.
65' Leicester are amping up the pressure. The Algerian duo of Slimani and Mahrez are kitted out and ready to enter the field of play.
63' DAVID LUIZ HITS THE POST!!! OF HIS OWN GOAL!!!! Phew!! that goofy Brazilian cannot stop entertaining, can he? Albrighton, who has been superb, puts in a great ball into the box. Luiz slides in ahead of Vardy and is lucky to see his attempted clearance bounce of the post
62' Hernadez swings in the ball after more good play from Leicester in the midfield - but the Blue wall blocks it. Costa leads the counter but his ball control deserts him and Leicester have it back
61' Albrighton switches play with a superb ball to Schlupp. He runs into Moses, and Chelsea have the ball. Kante pulls out a superb trick, and with a drop of the shoulder he waltzes away from Drinkwater, but his pass is poor and Leicester are back on the ball
60' Albrighton swings in a superb cross that is headed away by Luiz. Leicester have looked so much better this half
58' David Luiz bullies Jamie Vardy off the ball with the kind of nonchalance that only confidence brings.
56' WHAT A SAVE! WHAT A PASS!!! Kante plays in Moses with a supremely delightful through ball. Moses whacks it first time - Schmeichel does brilliantly to dive down to his right and save it. That Chelsea counter is a mean, mean threat
55' Leicester are still keeping at it, and Chelsea are dropping deeper and deeper. Drinkwater is pinging it out around with panache now. Albrighton wins a corner off another Drinkwater ball
54' Huth slides into to prevent Alonso's cross from reaching Messrs Costa and Hazard
52' Leicester are BACK into this. They are camped in the Chelsea half now and are playing with much much more confidence. Albrighton shows this by using nifty footwork and smashing a ball over the bar.
49' YELLOW for Azpilicueta, he slides on Musa and that is a deserved booking
48' Leicester are working their way back into this. Schlupp runs into the box but Moses stands his ground! The ref politely asks Schlupp to walk away
47' Musa and Vardy are on two completely different wavelengths. Musa tries a nice little ball around Luiz, and Vardy makes a nice little run behind Cahill. It's just in opposite directions!
46' DRAMA RIGHT AWAY. Cahill plays a searching ball that is controlled beautifully by Pedro. His shot is blocked by Morgan and Hernandez - the Spaniard and the Bridge crowd yell at the ref to get a handball decision in their favour. Marriner correctly waves away the appeals
Peep! We're off!!!
Chelsea have completely outplayed Leicester. No two ways about it, and were it not for the post, and a flailing Schmeichel they would have been 4-0 up. They deserve to be.
Kante has been imperious in the middle, snuffing out Leicester attacks before they even start - and prompting Chelsea ones by spraying the ball with intelligence and precision. Costa and Hazard look UP for it. This could be a long night for the defending champions
45' Moses tries to run between Fuchs and Drinkwater. He falls down in the box, and looks pleadingly at the ref. Marriner smiles at him and asks him to get up
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