On Tuesday, May 18, Leicester City visited Stamford Bridge to play their 37th Premier League game of the season. Unlike the FA Cup final where they defeated Chelsea with a lone goal, they lost the league game 2-1.
In the league game which took place at Stamford Bridge in the presence of 8,000 Chelsea fans, the home team had the opportunity of killing the game in the first half but the Video Assistant Referee prevented Timo Werner from doing so.
Chelsea finally got their scoring boat on in the second half as the club’s defender Antonio Rudiger put Chelsea ahead in the 47th minute. The London club doubled their lead in the 66th minute, thanks to Jorginho’s spot-kick.
This is an Antonio Rudiger appreciation tweet.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 18, 2021
BIG performance tonight! 💪 pic.twitter.com/mGuhIB57hI
Leicester tried to fight back when they got a goal back, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike in the 76th minute. After the goal, both sides couldn’t score more goals. Hence, Chelsea won 2-1.
Though Chelsea won the game, the club was left with a big worry as the club’s midfield maestro, N’Golo Kante, was substituted in the 32nd minute of the game.
His absence did not change much but it might be a big blow for Chelsea if the French midfielder is not fit ahead of the club’s Champions League final against Manchester City on May 29.
Meanwhile, Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Leicester has taken the club to the third spot on the league table, a point above 4th placed Leicester. If Chelsea draw or win their last league game against Aston Villa, the club might finish the season in the top four.
As for Leicester City, they are in a very tight corner. They are now condemned to win their last game which is against Tottenham Hotspur on May 23. A defeat in the game could allow 5th placed Liverpool to return into the top four to the detriment of Leicester.
The manager of Chelsea, Thomas Tuchel said: “It was an OK performance in the cup but today was a top performance. The first half was amazing, the quality and energy, and the second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall a very deserved win.
“It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go. The fans made a huge difference. You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition.
“It was a very strong performance and I’m absolutely delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans. We needed exactly that today, it was a big win but it’s not done yet. It is not time for celebration.”
'You need to bring the spectators to their feet and excite them. This team is doing that.' 👏— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) May 18, 2021
While Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers: “I thought it was a hard-fought game. We are obviously disappointed with the goals. We conceded a needless corner [by Luke Thomas] and then did not pick up well enough.
“The penalty is, I think, very, very harsh. It was one of those that Wesley will learn from, he has been so good in so many ways, he has just got to be patient with that one. But they are 19 and 20 years of age, the two boys, and they have been absolutely amazing. Tonight will be good learning for them.
“Liverpool have got a couple of games, Chelsea have got a tough game away against Aston Villa. I have always said all along that we have just got to concentrate on ourselves. We are still in that top four and we have got one more game. We will do our very best. If we win it and that is still not enough for us, we will accept that and we have still had a great season.”