Chelsea – Leicester City: Contrasting halves and persisting issues see Chelsea escape with just a point (1-1)
In a game of two halves, Chelsea’s attacking blitz on Leicester had them clinging on for dear life, but time took its toll as the home side’s intensity gradually faded, as did their ability to control events. The away side’s ‘lightbulb moment’ was minor but made all the difference to provide their second half flourish.
Tactical analysis and match report by Peter M.
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have started the season with two defeats in a row, and both share to the same symptoms: strong attacking threat, an exposed midfield, and a lack of control over game states. This home fixture was an unwanted trap. A home game against a side who are not part of the big six but are not far off it. A win should be a given, then, right?
Following the draining defeat on penalties to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in midweek, Lampard made just one change: Mason Mount was given a second consecutive league start and also his home debut, in place of Mateo Kovačić. Chelsea kept the 4-3-3 shape, with him in the side, for the most part.
Leicester’s goalless draw at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers did not dissuade Brendan Rodgers from . . .