Chelsea 1, Leicester 1, positives and negatives, player ratings and match report, Premier League fixture

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Kasper Schmeichel was back in the Leicester goal as explained by Brendan Rodgers who had given Danny Ward his debut in the previous match vs. Watford.

A new 3-5-2 formation was in place with Amartey, Fofana and Evans building up the formation and Castagne and Thomas being the flanks. Maddison was back in a midfield role alongside a low laying Mendy and the all runner KDH.

A perfect start appeared as Leicester with James Maddison showing why he should be in the England squad for the Qatar World Cup. His form is superb and his goal after just six minutes was a beauty.

No one expected Leicester to go out and dominate such a game but could easily have shocked Chelsea even more with a counterattacking style and controlling the areas, but still a very strange slip up after 34 minutes made it possible for Alonso to find a small gap and just shoot the ball on volley in behind Kasper Schmeichel.

We would of course had been happy to go into 2nd half with a lead but to be level was something we would have grabbed with both hands from the start, so good so far.

2nd half became a bit of a dull affair and Leicester had a few attempts but never managed to test Mendy their goalkeeper at any time, with Kasper being busy and doing a number of good saves and keeping a steady hand.

Leicester managed to keep it quiet until the end and getting a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge is a bonus and should really be seen as a positive going forward with a game plan that worked well and was probably a key reason for getting that one point.

Leicester are now on 49 points and can finish on 52 with a win in the last game of the season vs. Southampton at home. This could also see Leicester moving above Wolves and end 8th which will be a good result looking at everything that has happened this season.

To have a chance to build on everything from this positive end of games could be crucial going into next season as Leicester certainly shows their strengths even without their two top midfielders Youri Tielemans and Wilfred Ndidi.

  • Positives
    • Scoring first away nice touch and a superb goal
    • Mendy showing his best skills as a dynamo in the middle, 3-5-2 suits him
    • Maddison showing England class
    • Everyone fighting as well as we can hope
    • Good game plan from Brendan Rodgers, working as it should
    • Getting a point away to Chelsea is one gained and nothing lost
  • Negatives:
    • Sloppy defending on Alonso goal
    • Not able to create much but still defending and fighting was the main job today

Player Ratings: Schmeichel 7, Castagne 7, Fofana 7, Evans 7, Amartey 6, Thomas 6, Mendy 7, Dewsbury-Hall 6, Maddison 8, Vardy 5, Iheanacho 5, Subs: Barnes, Perez

  • Leicester City, Man of the Match
    • James Maddison

Match Stats (H/A):

  • Possession: 68 / 32
  • Corners: 6 / 0
  • Shots on target: 7 / 1
  • Fouls: 13 / 7

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