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Premier League: Ndidi On Target, Iheanacho Subbed On As Leicester Beat Chelsea To Pile More Pressure On Lampard

Premier League: Ndidi On Target, Iheanacho Subbed On As Leicester Beat Chelsea To Pile More Pressure On Lampard

Wilfred Ndidi got on the score sheet as Leicester City defeated Chelsea 2-0 at the King Power stadium on Tuesday night, to pile more pressure on Blues boss Frank Lampard, Completesports.com reports.

The win saw Leicester temporarily go top in the league table on 38 points, just a point above second placed Manchester United. For Chelsea, they stay in eight position on 29 points.

Kelechi Iheanacho was also in action for the Foxes after coming on for Jamie Vardy with two minutes left in the game.

It was Ndidi’s first Premier League goals in 16 months and his third against Chelsea.

Leicester took the lead as early as the 6th minute in somewhat fortunate circumstances through the unlikely source of Ndidi.

A short corner routine was worked to Harvey Barnes whose mistimed shot fell kindly for Ndidi who let fly from distance and put his side in front with the aid of the post.

The Foxes’ lead was almost doubled when James Maddison found a pocket of space 20 yards out, unleashed a powerful drive that rattled the crossbar.

Chelsea gradually began to get into the game with Reece James forcing a corner after his near-post effort drew the attentions of Kasper Schmeichel. Thiago Silva met the resulting set-piece, but the Danish stopper was once again equal to the task.

Neat interplay between Christian Pulisic and Kai Havertz then set Callum Hudson-Odoi free who strode into the box but fired his strike narrowly wide of the near post when a shot across goal seemed the better option.

Jonny Evans was then handed a reprieve after bringing down Pulisic for what appeared to be a penalty.

A brief VAR check confirmed the infringement happened just outside the box, with Mason Mount blazing the resulting free-kick high over the bar.

That would prove pivotal moments later when the in-form Maddison made it 2-0 on 41 minutes after evading Chelsea’s lacklustre defence.

A simple long ball played over the top drew both Blues centre-halves, but neither dealt with the ball that made its way through to Maddison. The midfielder made no mistake with his finish, slotting past Edouard Mendy to double the hosts’ advantage.

Chelsea’s issues at the back were highlighted once more soon after the break when James Justin ghosted in unmarked before guiding his free header narrowly wide.

Leicester continued to assert their dominance, and but for the outstretched leg of Mendy, Youri Tielemans could’ve put the game beyond all doubt.

With time running out, Lampard shuffled his pack with the introductions of summer recruits Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech.

The added firepower had little effect, however, as Leicester began to see out the clock with relative ease.

Werner did put the ball in the net after latching onto a set-piece, but his effort was disallowed for offside.

By James Agberebi 

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  • I think brenda rodgers has done a good job this season with leicester. He has figured out his best formation which includes the right players in attack, creative and defensive midfield and defense. And everyone is seeing the result. They may not win the premiership this season but I can see them qualifying for the champions league.

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