goals of ben chilwell, Kai Havertz and matthew kovacic helped Chelsea continue their best form with a 3-1 win at Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.
After a dismal run of two wins in 15 matches, Graham Potter’s side have now won three straight in all competitions and sit 10th in the league table on 37 points, while Leicester, in 16, will now look over his shoulder with concern.
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“It’s been a really positive week for us, three wins against Leeds, Dortmund and today says a lot about the development of the team,” Potter told Sky Sports. “It’s a very close match as always, but in the end I thought we deserved to win.”
Packed with confidence following wins over Leeds United and Borussia Dortmund, the visitors started strong and dominated the game’s opening spell.
They drew first blood on 11 minutes when Chilwell scored against his former club with a crisp left-footed volley past the keeper. danny room at your nearest post.
Leicester almost came up with an instant response, as james madison he struck a dangerous cross two minutes later, but daniel amartey he missed a huge goal with a wayward header from point blank range.
In an action-packed first half, Joao Félix from Chelsea and the one from Leicester Kiernan Dewsbury Hall both shook the woodwork before VAR ruled out a goal by the Portuguese international for offside.
Félix then lost possession in his own half in the 39th minute, with the ball breaking past the striker. patson dakawho shot his effort beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga to level the score.
Leicester continued to press after the equaliser, but it was Chelsea who scored just before half time when Enzo Fernandez Havertz played through a delicate chip, which the striker lobbed over Ward’s head and into the net.
The locals did not relent in their intensity after the break and a clearance on the goal line from the substitute prevented them from drawing. Conor Gallagherbefore Dewsbury-Hall missed a try from close range to set Chelsea free.
Chelsea made the most of their lifeline, as a January signing Mykhailo Mudryk He had a goal disallowed for offside before becoming provider for Kovacic, whose forceful volley sealed the three points for Potter’s side in the 78th minute.
Leicester, who have lost four straight league games, made their misery when what do you do was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for his entry into Carney Chukwuemeka late
“Over the course of the game the players gave their all and at 2-1 we had two great chances,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers told Sky Sports.
“It’s disappointing for us and we looked like the team that was on top. Then we didn’t get that goal and when they have that quality, they have the opportunity and they score. Then they make it 3-1, we go down to 10 men and it’s tough.”