In the absence of top goal scorer Diego Costa, Chelsea cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win at the King Power against Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester City. The champions were slain by the league leaders, who bounced back from a disappointing loss against Tottenham. This is how they performed:
Thibaut Courtois – 6
In goal for Chelsea, Courtois had a quiet game. Leicester only managed to conjure two shots on target throughout the 90 minutes and outside of an early scramble in the penalty area, Courtois had little to deal with. Although, his distribution was poor, with just 11 of his 18 attempted passes finding a black shirt. One conclusion you could draw from his performance is that Courtois’ passing range is certainly more effective the closer to goal his target is. Out of the seven passes he hit into the opposition’s half, just one found a teammate.
Cesar Azpilicueta – 7
Chelsea’s right-back, turned left-back, turned centre-back had a quiet if not convincing performance. Rarely brought into trouble, Azpilicueta offered a good outlet on the right-hand side of Conte’s back-three, and helped in the build-up to the opening goal. Surprisingly, he didn’t win a single tackle throughout the entire game.
David Luiz – 7
Without Costa up top, we didn’t see Luiz spray many long balls up the pitch, but of those that he did hit, none were completed. In a solid performance, Luiz made nine clearances, but aside from that the Brazilian also had a relatively quiet night, with Nemanja Matić and N’Golo Kanté offering ample cover in front.
Gary Cahill – 7
Composed on the ball, Cahill made good use of possession and completed 59 of his 61 attempted passes. Chelsea’s captain also acrobatically tried to pull off an overhead kick at the other end of the pitch and was unlucky not to beat Schmeichel. Much like his partners at centre-back, Cahill was rarely called into action and also didn’t need to make a single tackle throughout the match.
Marcos Alonso – 10
In an incredibly memorable showing, Marcos Alonso scored twice and nearly bagged a hat-trick, as he proved to be a terror down the left-hand side for Leicester. The Spaniard linked up well with Pedro on the wing, won two tackles and managed three interceptions. With many fans calling his quality into question in recent weeks, Alonso hit back with a man of the match performance.
Victor Moses – 7
Another solid display in the books for this season’s surprise package. Moses was lively and dangerous throughout, as he comfortably dealt with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell. He also impressively totted up a game high of five interceptions.
N’Golo Kanté – 8
Against his former club, N’Golo Kanté showed Leicester exactly what they were missing. With another energetic and intelligent display, Kanté proved to be too much for Leicester’s midfield three of Drinkwater, Ndidi and Mendy to contain. He completed 88% of his passes and won two tackles.
Nemanja Matić – 9
In one of his finest performances this season, Nemanja Matić dominated the midfield for Chelsea. Completing a game high 82 passes, Matić made good use of the ball. He wasn’t too shabby taking the ball forwards either, as he completed four take-ons. With Kanté alongside him, Matić was given the freedom to play the ball forwards and keep Chelsea flowing.
Pedro – 7
Chipping in with a late goal, Pedro had a lively game and caused problems for Leicester at the back. His ingenious skill late on to add the third, as he linked up with Willian showed the quality he offers in the final-third.
Willian – 6
Although assisting late on for Pedro’s goal, Willian was wasteful on the ball. Out of the five corners he took, none found a Chelsea target, although one did lead to Marcos Alonso’s second goal. Willian also failed to complete any of his seven crosses. Although offering good build-up play, once again his end product was lacking.
Eden Hazard – 7
Filling in up top in place of the absent Diego Costa, Hazard played a very different game to his Spanish teammate. The Belgian flitted in and around the Leicester defenders and managed to create a game high three chances, with one being the assist for Marcos Alonso’s opening goal. Hazard also completed more passes in the final third than any other player with a game high of 22.