Leicester City Match Report
Leicester City Match Report
Funning Ecstasy! (Regina, 15th October 2016)
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s 3-4-3. Antonio Conte seems to have taken measure of the current squad and boy do they look well suited in this new system. Solid in the middle, stable at the back, efficient in attack, is this real life or is just fantasy?
The boys in blue looked in control from kick off as they faced current champions Leicester in what looked a tricky fixture. Leicester were without Okazaki who put up quite the performance the last time the two teams played, however this was a much more one sided contest. Chelsea asserted their dominance on the game early on and were rewarded with a goal as incisive play by Victor Moses won a corner which was then turned in by Costa in the 7th minute after a smooth flick from Nemanj, Nemyth, Nematic. After a period of sustained control Chelsea doubled their lead in the 33rd minute when another Matic ball sliced the Foxes’ CBs and fell kindly for Eden Hazard who made no mistake in converting his third goal of the season. Chelsea could have been three up by halftime but David Luiz’s free kick came off the woodwork and the blues went into the dressing room leading 2-0.
The second half was a much more open affair as Leicester sought a way back into the game. Chelsea’s brilliant counter attacking play created a few chances with Moses coming close to adding to the lead but for a sharp save from Kasper Schmeichel. There were a few nervy moments in the back but Leicester’s best opportunity came when David Luiz struck the post again, this time relieved that his sliding attempt to clear the ball didn’t end up in the back of his own net. Leicester continued to search for a way back by replacing Ahmed Musa and Jess Schlupp with Mahrez and Islam Slimani, a move Conte countered by taking off Pedro for Chelsea boy Nathaniel Chalobah. The foxes made another attacking change bringing on Andy King for Marc Albrighton, but a sweet combination between Moses and Chalobah dashed Leicester City hopes as the latter capitalized on a brilliant piece of skill from Chelsea’s academy product to seal the deal in the 80th minute.
Chelsea entered lockdown mode on the 81st minute mark as Antonio Conte handed Ola Aina his debut in place of goal scorer Victor Moses. Although there were some shaky moments, the back line managed to see this one out without any major headlines.
There you have it folks, 3 sweet points, 3 sweet goals, 3 yoofs and no meltdowns. Chelsea climb up to 5th on the table for now and up next it’s familiar faces as he who must not be named leads Manchester United to Stamford Bridge. May your weekend be long and your beer cold!
Barnabas Gwaza, @BarnabasTGS
Barnabas displays brave commitment to the Blue side by fighting rival fans valiantly on Facebook. He is most known for winning the London Is Blue jersey give away and by those standards he has achieved success in life. He now enjoys retirement creating content for his favourite podcast while in school.