Match Report: Leicester City 2 Chelsea 0

Change of system

By now we were playing a 4-2-3-1 system, with Havertz pushed further forward to try and find space between the lines and provide closer support for Abraham, while Mount and Kovacic attempted to build attacks from deep, but we hadn’t managed to change the pattern of the game, which seemed to suit Leicester’s pacey counter-attacking style.

While the pace remained in the game, though, the number of chances was diminishing as we entered the last 30 minutes. In an attempt to change our side of that, Frank Lampard made a double substitution, with Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner coming on for Hudson-Odoi and Havertz. That saw another change of formation, as Werner joined Abraham in an out-and-out two-man strikeforce.

Werner looked lively straight away, demanding the ball over the top to chase from Thiago Silva and jinking his way past Timothy Castagne on the left wing. However, before we could fashion a clear chance out of our new shape, Leicester responded with a double substitution of their own, bringing on Ricardo Pereira to support Castagne, while Ayoze Perez replaced Maddison.

There were just under 15 minutes remaining then, as we attempted to force the Foxes back into their own half and forge a route back into the game. But while we were controlling more and more of the possession, chances were only becoming harder to carve out as Leicester dedicated more of their efforts to denying Abraham and Werner space in the final third.

We still had to be aware of their counter-attacking threat too, as shown when Mendy had to time things well to gather the ball as Vardy tried to wriggle free in the box following a long ball forward.

It briefly looked like we had pulled one back as our two subs combined. Ziyech curled a free-kick in from the left and Werner got on the end of it to divert it past Schmiechel, but the flag was up and after a lengthy VAR check the German was ruled narrowly offside.

That proved to be our last real chance of the game as Leicester’s pace and counter-attacks ultimately made the difference and ensured they would end the day in first place in the Premier League table.

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