Talk of a Leicester City title charge will continue to gather pace after the Foxes outclassed Chelsea on their way to a convincing 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium, a victory that sees the East Midlands outfit move to the top of the Premier League table.
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.
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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.
Speaking afterward man of the match Maddison discussed the efforts he has made to get back to top form and his hopes of regaining his place in the England squad.
“I’ve been working on my game, improving,” Maddison told Sky Sports.
”The game we played against Sheffield United and I watched the game back and Jamie Carragher said I need to get my numbers up if I want to be talked about in regards to the England squad or progression and I sat down with the manager and the analyst and looked where we can get more goals and playing a bit deeper and getting beyond the last line, it’s not easy but that’s what I did today. I drifted on to the back-line.
”I want to keep improving my goals. I want people talking about me so I want to add that more to my game.”
When quizzed on whether his side our title challengers Maddison insisted the Foxes are top of the table on merit, but also revealed that they are happy to let other teams be the focus of the media limelight.
“You can get sidetracked, we are top at the minute because we don’t think like that,” Maddison continued.
”The most important game is the next game, as cliche as it is that’s how we have to work because we have that mentality.
”We’re at the top of the league because we work hard we’re not there by fluke. We’ll do our business in the background, let them talk about Liverpool, Man United and Spurs, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing.”
Leicester are currently a point ahead of Man United in second and three clear of Man City in third, although both Manchester sides can move above the Foxes if they win their midweek games.