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English Premier League 2019-20: Chelsea Held to 1-1 Draw by Leicester City

English Premier League 2019-20: Chelsea Held to 1-1 Draw by Leicester City Photo: TT
Frank Lampard Will Like to Start Winning Matches Soon

Chelsea and Leicester City drew 1 – 1 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea came into this match under pressure, even this early in the season. They lost their opening Premier League fixture to Manchester United 4- 0 last weekend, although the score line did not reflect how well they played, especially in the first half. Then they were beaten on penalties by Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday, despite being the better team for much of the match.

Leicester themselves had a lacklustre opening to the season, drawing their first game at home with Wolves with a disappointing goalless draw, although they had VAR to thank for denying the visitors a late winner.

Chelsea started the match at a frenetic pace, closing down play and passing the ball across the turf with real zip. They took an early lead after just seven minutes when Wilfried Ndidi took too much time on the edge of his own box and was robbed, the ball; falling to Mason Mount who scored, celebrating wildly his first senior goal for the club.

Leicester City gradually started to get a foothold in the match, but created little before half-time, with their forwards starved of service.

The second-half was a different affair altogether, as Leicester pressed forward, and Chelsea energy levels dropped. The Leicester equaliser, though, came from a corner taken by James Maddison, which found an unmarked Ndidi, who atoned for his earlier error by planting his header firmly into the net.

Thereafter, the ascendancy was with Leicester, and it was they who came closest to snatching a winner. First Maddison was on the end of a slick passing move but could not keep his shot down and blazed it over the bar. Then Jamie Vardy broke free on the left only to see his shot miss the far post by inches. And finally Youri Tielemans saw his fierce shot parried by Chelsea keeper Kepa.

Chelsea huffed and puffed but produced little in the way of clear opportunities, and it was the away side that finished the match on top. The muted boos that greeted the final whistle suggests that Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has much to do to get his team playing to their full potential.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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