Chelsea just lie one solitary point above the relegation zone as the Blues’ ghastly season looks to have no end in sight.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, whose individually stunning seasons looks to have no end in sight either, condemned Chelsea to more misery as the Blues had plenty of possession but limited end product but for Remy’s consolation.
The result is Chelsea’s ninth defeat of the league season, more than double the number of wins garnered, and places further doubt on Mourinho’s ability to turn the season around.
The opening set the tone. Mahrez was allowed to run at the Chelsea back-line within seconds and got the game’s first shot away but Courtois was alert. He made a second run, far out-pacing John Terry, moments later and the alarm bells should have been ringing.
At the other end, Costa was booed with every but insisted on staying out of the box as much as possible. Indeed it was Hazard who caused moments of concern, letting Leicester off the hook with one touch too many. It was a shame the Belgian had to be taken off with just half an hour of the game gone.
But the action was at Chelsea’s end. Courtois raced out to just beat the oncoming Vardy to the ball, but the pace of the Leicester front pairing was frightening, and it brought an inevitable first goal. Mahrez’s right-wing cross fooled everyone and Vardy was in the right placce at the right time to side-foot home from point-blank range. It is his 15th goal of the season, and Mahrez’s seventh assist.
With the half-time whistle blown, the only thing Chelsea were winning was the corner count. The rollicking by Mourinho at half-time would not work its magic.
Mahrez was found in acres of space on the Chelsea left straight after the re-start, with Azpilicueta far too flat-footed and when the Algerian was allowed the opportunity to shift to his left-foot, the 24-year-old bent a superb ball past Courtois.
Terry was the scapegoat with Fabregas the apparent answer, with Ramires filling at right-back. It was desperate measures but Chelsea’s pace to the game improved – it was just a shame only came from a two-goal deficit.
Willian’s set-piece prowess was off the mark whilst ball after ball by Ivanovic was blocked by the first man. Costa was fed through and one-on-one with Schmeichel but still could not score, and neither could Ivanovic from one yard out from the ensuing corner. Perhaps Chelsea training sessions need to go back to basics and Mourinho needs to re-teach the players how to kick a ball.
Remy came on with half an hour to go and looked the most eager to bag a goal. The Frenchman wasted his first opportunity by losing possession when he could have hit first time, but did atone in the 77th minute by heading in the ball from Pedro’s cross.
Willian had other free-kick opportunities but going for broke brought its own risks from a Leicester counter, and Albrighton nearly secured the points when allowed to run past the stationary Fabregas.
Five minutes of injury time just drew out the Chelsea pain as Matic kicked the ball out of play when in a good crossing position, which sums up the state of his individual, and club’s, season.
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Man of the Match
LOIC REMY: He scored a goal which got Chelsea back into it and looked the most positive. He may be greedy and shoot at every opportunity he gets, but Chelsea’s insistence to play it side to side in the final third is even more ineffective, so it is refreshing to see Remy try. The Frenchman surely must deserve a run ahead of Costa. 5/10
Mourinho continues to be dumb-founded: “When some of your players don’t hit the levels they are capable of it is hard to see. This season we are doing so bad for some reason. Day by day in training I have no complaints with them. But is it frustrating to see what they are doing in training and what they do in matches? Clearly yes.”
Ranieri was living the dream: “I told my players, five more points and we are safe. I think like this I put that target at the beginning of the season, when we achieve 40 points, we will change our goal. It’s magical time we must continue to work hard because I don’t want to wake up, I want to continue to dream with our fans.”
Post written by Martin Li. Martin has had four years’ blogging experience, writing for the likes of Bleacher Report and SWOL. He runs his own Chelsea blog — The Chelsea Chronicle — which has match reaction and analysis from every Chelsea match. You can follow him on Twitter.
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