An emotion-packed night successfully plays out for the Blues as they get one step close to a top-four finish. Their aim for redemption was fairly achieved. After some blatant disrespect from Daniel Amartey this past weekend, Chelsea unleashed all their anger onto the pitch. The Blues utterly dominated the Foxes for the majority of the first half but their bad luck continued to plague them. Controversial VAR calls and horrible decisions by Mike Dean himself are what literally kept Chelsea scoreless, especially in the first half. However, VAR wasn’t able to overturn a close set-piece goal early in the second half by Antonio Rüdiger’s thigh. Despite Leicester’s goal in the 75th minute, Chelsea dealt with much of the Foxes’ danger. However, many fireworks sparked on the pitch as several Blues retaliated at a dirty challenge by Ricardo Pereira. Tempers and tension were already at an all-time high after the devastating defeat in the FA Cup final. The stoppage-time scuffles are eerily reminiscent of the Battle of the Bridge 5 years ago against Spurs, marking another feisty late-season clash between two teams fighting for something valuable. Our fellow writers from The Chelsea Social give their takes and reactions on the 2-1 win success for Chelsea vs Leicester.
Chelsea vs Leicester: Quick Recap
The urge to win and desire for vengeance was surprisingly present. After a week of heartbreaking losses and lackadaisical performances, Chelsea managed to show their grit and passion for redemption. The whole first half consisted of Chelsea outplaying Leicester City in possession and in recovering the ball. Throughout the half, Chelsea was victim to poor officiating and poor VAR calls. This includes a clear-cut penalty on Timo Werner by Youri Tielemans which was blatantly ignored by VAR. Despite the outcries from the players, Chelsea continued on playing.
The ice-break finally happened in the 47th minute from a corner where Antonio Rüdiger was able to pounce inside the box with his thigh. Chelsea finally got a breakthrough by VAR after they ruled an inside-the-box foul on Wesley Fofana for a penalty. Jorginho calmly executed the pen with his signature skip-technique to give the Blues a 2-0 lead.
The freshly subbed Mateo Kovačić nearly cost Chelsea 3 points as he was responsible for the first goal and a key chance late in the second half. Ayoze Perez managed to get behind Kovačić on an off-the-ball run and get a clear shot chance on goal. However, he scuffed the shot 10 meters off target. Eventually, Chelsea pulled on through to secure a massive 3 points off their top-four contenders. This of course came with some premeditated conflict that was expressed on the pitch. Chelsea can seal a top 3 finish with this victory if they beat Aston Villa this upcoming Sunday. Without further ado let us share the reactions from our writers.
Noah (@noahr24_ )
There are virtually no words to describe that game, but the one that does come to find applies to players and fans alike: passion. Fired up after a disappointing cup-final defeat, in a must-win league game, Chelsea played absolutely phenomenally with heart and desire at the forefront of everything they did. Antonio Rüdiger in particular deserves praise for not only his goal but also the defensive resilience he showed, though it was a team effort all around to get such a crucial victory.
Perhaps most amazing of all was the atmosphere at the Bridge, with 8000 fans making it a night to remember. Having not been to a game in 15 months, it was truly special to return, and I’m not sure I could’ve asked for a better game. Now there are only 2 games left – one potentially of less importance depending on Liverpool’s results, and then one of the greatest importance possible. Come on Chelsea!
Much tension was relieved after this match. My heart was crushed this past Saturday but I knew this was a must-win. This was a do-or-die situation for the Blues and if they lost, Leicester would’ve clinched a top-four position. Despite the complete domination in the first half, Chelsea had no goals to show for it. The officiation was just awful and clearly wasn’t our side.
I was glad to see much vigor and desire from the players especially after a week of poor performances. Toni Rüdiger once again showed his amazing fighting spirit that was much needed for this game. The late stoppage-time scuffles were so reminiscent of the Battle of the bridge against Tottenham in 2016. Now to finish the job against Aston Villa and against Manchester City for the big one. Up to Chels!
Chelsea vs Leicester – redemption earned!
What a top performance and result from our beloved Blues! It was cagey, it was heartfelt, it was eye-catching for all fans to see. The Blues impressed me with their attitude and application from the outset, and seemingly were determined to use the pain and anger felt from the FA Cup Final loss to their advantage. And that they did.
In typical Chelsea fashion however, despite the dominance of both possession and territory, the final touch and finish continued to evade Tuchel’s tricky Blues. Two disallowed goals from the tireless Timo and a straight forward penalty shout waved away by Thanos aka Mike Dean were the dominant talking points in in high-octane first half.
However, the Blues broke the goal drought early in the second half as the masked hero Toni Rudiger scored from close range and give Chelsea a deserved lead. Jorginho did convert from the spot in audacious fashion to double the lead but again in typical Chelsea fashion we made it difficult for ourselves as Iheanacho capitalised on a returning Kovacic error to give the Foxes a glimmer of hope.
Fortunately the Blues held on for a potentially huge 2-1 win as we head into the final League clash against Aston Villa with the top 4 still in our hands. Until then, enjoy the win but remain focused on the next two finals fast approaching. Come on you Blues!
There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of three points in the morning! It smells doubly better when it goes a long way to securing Champions League football for another season. After a hugely disappointing performance and result three days prior against Leicester in the FA Cup Final, it was encouraging to see a resilience, fight and desire to get the result in a significant Premier League encounter.
Granted the job is far from done with a tough fixture away to Aston Villa still to come, the Chelsea players showed great application and should ideally have had many more goals were it not for some relatively profligate finishing and questionable officiating. This kind of result breeds confidence into the team and will be important to draw upon in tough periods against Villa and, crucially, in the mammoth Champions League Final against Manchester City.
The performance against Leicester was epitomised by three players: Antonio Rudiger, Jorginho and Timo Werner. Rudiger was a terrific presence at the back. Tenacious, indomitable and full of grit – the German epitomised the fight inherent to Chelsea sides of seasons past. Jorginho, much maligned at times, was the master of control, calm and kept the tempo ticking over, providing balance to a tumultuous encounter. Timo Werner, one who has had a very tough first season in England, was a tireless workhorse. As much as Chelsea’s number eleven has toiled this season, he has never relented. Though he does have a way to go to be at his deadly best in front of goal, his commitment and desire to sacrifice, work and give everything for the team is worthy of praise.
There are 180 minutes of football left for Chelsea this season. Play with the attitude, desire and fight they displayed in this game and it may just end up to be one of the most storied seasons in the club’s history.
Written by Rey, Noah, RJ and Dan
Edited by Dan Hill (@idanknow05)
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