Chelsea exercise FA Cup final demons & move one step closer to top-four finish with victory over Leicester


Chelsea exercise FA Cup final demons & move one step closer to top-four finish with victory over Leicester

Unlucky Werner

Tuesday’s marquee Premier League clash played out a short time ago.

The game in question saw Chelsea play host to Leicester, in a repeat of the weekend’s FA Cup final, which the Foxes came out on top in.

This time around, though, the hosts thoroughly dominated the opening exchanges.

The action early on centered firmly around Timo Werner.

First, the German saw his appeals for a penalty waved away by both the referee and VAR, after Youri Tielemans struck the striker’s leg when attempting to clear the ball.

Tielemans, in his defense, did appear to be swinging to kick the ball before Werner lunged in front of him:

Then, not long after, Werner had a goal ruled out for offside. And this was followed by the hitman having another effort ruled out by VAR shortly before the break, this time for handball.

Chelsea were also dealt a major blow on the personnel front during the first-half, when N’Golo Kante was forced off after just 32 minutes.

Chelsea get revenge on Leicester

The second 45 began in much more positive fashion for Thomas Tuchel and co., though, as another of the Blues’ German contingent finally went on to open the scoring.

Ben Chilwell whipped a corner into the Leicester box, with Antonio Rudiger having deflected the ball home off his hip:

Chelsea were then handed the chance to double their lead shortly after the hour-mark, when Wesley Fofana fouled Werner in the box. Jorginho stepped up to convert the ensuing spot-kick, which appeared to have all but secured the win for the home side.

Mateo Kovacic, though, then handed Leicester a lifeline after being too easily dispossessed, which eventually led to substitute Kelechi Iheanacho pulling one back with just under 15 minutes remaining.

Ayoze Perez then had a great chance to make it 2-2 when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box 89 minutes in, but the Spaniard blazed his effort over.

In turn, after a fairly tense end to the 90 minutes, Chelsea were able to come away with a huge three points.

The result means that the Londoners now sit four points clear of 5th placed Liverpool, who have two games left to play.

Leicester, on the other hand, have slipped to 4th, and, owing to their poor goal difference, will drop out of the Champions League places if Liverpool beat Burnley on Wednesday.

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This article was edited by
Conor Laird.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 36 47 83
2 Manchester United FC 36 28 70
3 Leicester City FC 36 21 66
4 Chelsea FC 36 22 64
5 Liverpool FC 36 21 63
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 22 59
7 West Ham United FC 36 10 59
8 Everton FC 36 3 56
9 Arsenal FC 36 12 55
10 Leeds United 36 4 53
11 Aston Villa FC 36 7 49
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 36 -14 45
13 Crystal Palace FC 36 -21 44
14 Southampton FC 36 -16 43
15 Burnley FC 36 -18 39
16 Newcastle United FC 36 -19 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 36 -5 38
18 Fulham FC 36 -24 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 36 -37 26
20 Sheffield United FC 36 -43 20
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 22
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 22
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 17
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 16
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 16
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 12
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 11
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 11
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
Cavani, Edinson Manchester United FC 10
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10





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