The pressure is sure to ramp up on Chelsea manager Frank Lampard after his side were outplayed and outclassed during their 2-0 defeat to Leicester City tonight at the King Power Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers’ side got off to the perfect start on six minutes when midfield destroyer Wilfred Ndidi popped up with a rare goal. The Foxes played a well-worked corner that found its way to the Nigeria international at the edge of the box, and although he sliced his strike, it had plenty of power and found its way into the back of the Chelsea goal via the post with Eduoard Mendy left flat-footed.
Chelsea were clearly rattled by conceding so early and they were the width of the crossbar away from going two down after 15 minutes, in-form attacker James Maddison’s left-footed strike from the edge of the area cracking off the woodwork.
The visitors did begin to gain a foothold in the game and Callum Hudson-Odoi will be disappointed he shot wide after being slipped through by Christian Pulisic.
Chelsea then thought they had a penalty when Johnny Evans took Pulisic down, though VAR stepped in and adjudged that the foul had taken place just outside the area.
Blues bosses Frank Lampard would have been rueing the decision to overturn the penalty and five minutes before the break things would go from bad to worse for the Blues. Maddison once again showed that he has regained his best form by pouncing on some sloppy Chelsea defending and sliding home past the keeper to put the Foxes 2-0 up.
Chelsea fans will have been hoping to see a response from their side in the second-half but it never materialised and Leicester continued to look the more likely to score, with Youri Tielemans and Jamie Vardy both going close.
Substitute Timo Werner did find the net with five minutes left on the clock, but it was ruled out for offside as the home side held on for a deserved three points.
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Chelsea have now won just two of their last eight Premier League games and speaking afterwards Lampard admitted his side were no match for an impressive Leicester outfit.
“Very disappointing [to concede early] sometimes when you are in the form you are in, it can happen, its not an excuse,” Lampard told BBC Sport.
”[I’m] More disappointed by the second goal. Leicester are a good team in form, we are not in good form. We could do better, I’ll not dress it up any other way.
“We were in a really good place in December, second in the league and two points from the top. Maybe complacency set it. There’s only one way out of it which is hard work. Today Leicester were in better form than us.
“It is clearly concerning. It is a period we are not happy with, other clubs have been in that period. All we can think about is getting through the period, working hard. The important thing is the players bounce back. This is the cut throat nature of what it is.
“The players have to keep their heads up but also keep their eyes open and review the game and see there was an energy in the Leicester team we didn’t have.
“You cannot be sluggish and slow because it won’t work against a team like Leicester that are firing.”
The defeat sees the Blues drop to eighth in the table, although they will expect to get back to winning ways at the weekend when they host Championship side, Luton, in the FA Cup.