Before the reception of Juventus Turin in the Champions League on Tuesday (9 p.m.), Chelsea was incisive and applied to win on Leicester ground this Saturday (3-0). This success allows Thomas Tuchel’s team to increase their lead at the top of the English Championship, with provisionally six points ahead of the Manchester City – West Ham duo.
The Blues stifled the Foxes from the first moments of the meeting. After a shot on the bar from Ben Chilwell following a free kick played very quickly by Jorginho (4th), they opened the scoring from a corner. Chilwell, again, found the head of Antonio Rüdiger (14th). If Ademola Lookman was refused a goal for offside (24th), Leicester did not attempt a single shot in the first period, and spent his time undergoing. N’Golo Kanté, still huge against his former team (see below) made the break (28th), and the coordinated pressing of Chelsea and his technical mastery could even have allowed him to lead more widely at the break.
Feverish like his entire team, Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel made a good parade in front of Chilwell (54th), but could not avoid Christian Pulisic’s third goal when he received a cross from Hakim Ziyech (72nd) . The two players had just returned, and Chelsea never lost their grip on the game. Pulisic (81st) and Reece James (85th) believed to sign the 4-0, but were trapped by the offside. Blues goalkeeper Édouard Mendy was vigilant in front of Daniel Amartey (63rd) and James Maddison (83rd).
Preserved by Didier Deschamps during the Blues match against Finland (2-0) on Tuesday, N’Golo Kanté showed superb activity this Saturday on the lawn of the King Power Stadium, his former garden. Impressive recovery, as usual, he added a major offensive contribution to his performance.
After losing his duel with Kasper Schmeichel on an opening by Jorginho (17th), the French midfielder took his revenge by scoring a magnificent goal: a breakthrough of 25 meters, concluded with a strike from the left – his bad foot – to the entrance to the surface, which is lodged flush with the right post (28th).
After his second achievement of the season in the Premier League, after that against Tottenham (3-0, September 19), he came close to the double, but his teammate Havertz hampered him as he was about to take back a center by Ben Chilwell (38th).