- Chelsea came with all three points in a thrilling 2-1 win over Leicester
- The win takes the Blues above the Foxes with one game of the season to go
- Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho gave Thomas Tuchel’s side a 2-0 lead in the second half
- Kelechi Ihenacho halved the deficit but Leicester could not find an equalizer
- The Foxes are in danger of being dumped into Europa League places for the second season in a row
Chelsea gained a massive three points against Leicester City in a drama-filled 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday, May 18.
In a game which the Blues thoroughly dominated, they went ahead in the second half courtesy of a goal from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho from the penalty spot.
Leicester set up a tense finale courtesy of their in-form striker Kelechi Ihenacho, who halved the deficit 14 minutes from time.
The Foxes, who were coming up against Chelsea for the second time in a span of four days, should have equalized late on but Ayoze Perez somehow blazed the ball over the bar from a couple of yards out.
Thomas Tuchel’s men went into the game knowing they needed all three points to be in control of their top four ambitions with only two games of the season remaining.
And they began in the best way possible with some free-flowing football and chances early on.
It was not striker Timo Werner’s day as the German found the net twice in the first half but saw both his efforts overturned by VAR.
For the first one, he expertly beat Kasper Schmeichel with a neat shot from the box but the assistant referee lifted his flag for offside just as Chelsea players were celebrating.
He then had the ball cross the line minutes later but upon review, he was adjudged to have handled the ball as he headed it past the Leicester keeper.
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Both sides went into the break deadlocked at 0-0 as was the case in the FA Cup final a few days earlier.
Chelsea picked up where they left off in the first half as they pushed for an opener which eventually came from their defender.
Ben Chilwell chipped in a delightful corner which was flicked in by Ceasar Azpilicueta for Rudiger to tuck in from a yard out. 1-0 Chelsea.
Jorginho then nonchalantly slotted in his 7th penalty of the season after Wesley Fofana tripped Timo Werner in the box.
Chelsea set themselves up for a tense finale when a defensive mix up saw Wilfred Ndidi took the ball from Kovacic to set up Ihenacho, who made no mistake with his first-time strike.
One worry in an otherwise good night for Chelsea was the injury to N’golo Kante, who had to be replaced by Matteo Kovacic.
The win takes Chelsea to third with one game (against Aston Villa) to wrap up the season.
One subplot of the victory over Leicester is the fact that it offers Liverpool an opportunity to leapfrog the Foxes