Chelsea must settle for a 1: 1 draw against Leicester, as Marcos Alonso canceled James Maddison’s strike but secured third place for Thomas Tuchel’s team.
- Leicester opened the scoring in six minutes when James Maddison hit Edouard Mendy
- Marcos Alonso then called for Chelsea after sweetly joining the volley with Reece James Center
- The guests rehearsed during the second half, when Christian Pulisic lacked a guard in the penalty area
- The point practically secures Thomas Tuchel’s team third place, while Foxes gained a well-deserved share
Near the top of Todd Boehly’s to-do list when his takeover of Chelsea is finally signed? A task that sounds quite simple: solve Stamford Bridge. Unfortunately, the reconstruction of this place has been a problem for years and in recent months the problems have spread to the grass.
With this draw, Chelsea have won only one of the last six home games. Even after Sunday’s victory over Watford, Thomas Tuchel’s team will take 34 points out of a possible 57. There are, of course, mitigating circumstances.
But the victory that left them here owed much to Marcos Alonso’s ability to unite the brilliant and the helpless. It was the defender’s loss of concentration that ignited the attack, which ended with James Maddison, who arranged a great early strike. And then it was Alons’ beautiful volley that earned Chelsea a point that secured her third place.
Marcos Alonso equalized for Chelsea in the first half, but they did not find a winner on Stamford Bridge against Leicester.
Alons’ well-taken goal was just a reward for the dominant Blues in the first half, where one outage cost a goal
James Maddison gave guests a perfect start in six minutes with an amazing finish behind goalkeeper Edouard Mendy
Leicester’s best player Maddison celebrates alongside his teammate Jamie Vardy after his early start in West London
Christian Pulisic missed a golden chance in the second half to get Chelsea in the lead as the home team tried to win
ANSWER THE FACTS AND EVALUATIONS
Chelsea (3-4-3): Mendy 6; Chalobah 6.5, Thiago Silva 6, Rudiger 6.5; James 7.5, Jorginho 6.5, Kante 6.5 (Loftus-Cheek 6.5), Alonso 6; Ziyech 6.5, Lukaku 6 (Havertz 78, 6), Pulisic 4 (Azpilicueta 72, 6)
Unused substitutes: Kepa, Saul, Barkley, Mount, Kennedy, Sarr
Goals: Alonso 34
Yellow: Rudiger, Kante, Lukaku
Manager: Thomas Tuchel 6
Leicester (3-5-2): Schmeichel 7; Fofana 7, Evans 6.5, Amartey 6; Castagne 7, Maddison 8, Mendy 6, Dewsbury-Hall 6.5, Thomas 6; Vardy 5 (Perez 78, 6), Iheanacho 5 (Barnes 63, 6)
Unused substitutes: Ward, Soyuncu, Albrighton, Choudhury, Pereira, Daka, Lookman
Goals: Maddison 6
Manager: Brendan Rodgers 6.5
Judge: Stuart Atwell 6.5
They would take all three, but unfortunately Christian Pulisic is also in the habit of going to extremes. There were a few flashes of his quality, mind. A mistake in the second half forced him to hit Chelsea’s bench as he took turns a few minutes later.
“I’m fine with the performance,” Tuchel said. “It’s a bit of a broken record that we didn’t take what we deserved … we were a better team, we deserved to win.”
Before the excavation, a new giant banner was spread in honor of the manager. Above the image of Tuchel’s glowing face was written “Deutscher Maestro” – no translation costs. Unfortunately, within minutes, the man himself was a picture of anger.
Can you blame him? Maddison took the goal brilliantly, but Leicester’s opening goal came after Timothy Castagne slipped through Alons’ blind spot to Kasper Schmeichel’s long ball. His square pass was bounced into Maddison’s path, which jumped over Thiago Silva before firing from the outside.
That’s now five goals and four assists in his last 11 Premier League appearances. “He’s a really top player and he grows up with every match,” said Brendan Rodgers.
Few on Stamford Bridge had a better view of the goal than Boehly, who looked alongside other members of his consortium. He must soon help Tuchel restore his back line. Unsurprisingly, Andreas Christensen was left out after leaving the FA Cup final at 11 a.m.
It seems to be his last tribute. However, Alonso was given a chance to be redeemed within half an hour.
And how he took it. From Reece James Cross – one wingback to another – the Spaniard returned home with a volley. Chelsea may have had several at the time. Hakim Ziyech hits the ball on the volley with a shot for which the keeper, Trevoh Chalobah, has no answer.
Romelu Lukaku hesitated before Daniel Amartey denied him. There were no such opportunities for Jamie Vardy. Only taunts.
“Your wife is grass,” the home crowd chanted before shouting, “Rooney, Rooney.”
How many times has this name been sung in these parts? What else could break through tribal loyalty as effectively as the trial of Wagatha Christie?
Potential American Chelsea owner Todd Boehly watched everything happening on Stamford Bridge as he prepared to close his purchase.
Two managers, Thomas Tuchel and Brendan Rodgers, will embrace full-time because they both had to settle for a point.
These chants reappeared after the break, just as Chelsea banged on Leicester’s door. Lukaku headed wide and then fed Pulisice. He was a few yards outside, the goal was evil. The American somehow took the effort a long way.
Chelsea was still coming – Schmeichel saved from Antonio Rudiger, who then flirted with a red card and flew on two legs to block the removal from Wesley Fofan. Referee Stuart Attwell decided that yellow would be enough, but even with 11 still Chelsea could not find the winner.
“Really hard earned,” Rodgers said. “We had to fight.” We deserved it. ”
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