Matic below Chelsea standard; midfield duo will help Foxes

Date published: Saturday 14th January 2017 7:16

Nemanja Matic: Wasteful in possession

Chelsea impressive but one player in particular did not impress, while Leicester’s central midfield should help keep them away from danger.

LEICESTER

KASPER SCHMEICHEL Could do nothing about either of Marcos Alonso’s goals but looked uncomfortable at times in the Leicester goal 5

MARC ALBRIGHTON Asked the Chelsea defence plenty of questions with some excellent crosses into the area. Should’ve been marking Alonso for Chelsea’s first 6

WES MORGAN Was Leicester’s best central defender but he was unable to have the same commanding presence with two other centre-backs alongside him5.5

ROBERT HUTH Looked exposed and came as no surprise to see him subbed on the hour mark 5

CHRISTIAN FUCHS Dropped in as Leicester’s third centre-back and was involved in what was almost an almighty mix-up with his goalkeeper. Clearly not his best position 5/strong>

BEN CHILWELL Acquitted himself well considering his relative inexperience in the Premier League 6

NAMPALYS MENDY Showed encouraging signs that Leicester do have the makings of a solid midfield trio 6.5

DANNY DRINKWATER Recovered the ball on numerous occasions but would be the first to tell you that he has had better games 6

WILFRED N’DIDI Caught the eye on his Premier League debut and could turn out to be an excellent signing for the Foxes 7

AHMED MUSA Got stuck in but was unable to properly link up with his strike partner before being shifted out to the right 6

JAMIE VARDY Back from suspension and looked hungry for goals but was left to chase a lot of lost causes 6

Substitutes

SHINJI OKAZAKI (for Huth, 59′): Showed a couple of neat touches but nothing more than that 5

DEMARAI GRAY (for Musa, 70′): Caused a few minor problems 5.5

DANNY SIMPSON (for Albrighton, 76′): Bizarre sub when Leicester desperately needed a goal 5

CHELSEA

THIBAUT COURTOIS A spectator for a vast majority but was squeaky clean when he was called into action 6

CESAR AZPILICUETA Solid, reliable, comfortable in any defensive position. A fantastic player for Antonio Conte to be able to call upon 7

DAVID LUIZ A couple of nervy moments but the old David Luiz is clearly way, way behind him 6

GARY CAHILL Not really tested as Leicester struggled to adapt to their new system 6.5

VICTOR MOSES Defensively sound and read the game well throughout 7

MARCOS ALONSO Performed very well on the left flank to say he is playing through an injury. Smart finish for Chelsea’s opener and decent strike for his second 8

N’GOLO KANTE 6 Back at the King Power for the first time since leaving Leicester and quietly went about his business on a low-key return 6

NEMANJA MATIC His wayward passing had many Chelsea fans calling for Cesc Fabregas to replace him very early on 5

WILLIAN Showed intelligent movement and passing in attacking areas for the Blues 7

PEDRO Exquisite pass in the build-up to Chelsea’s third and deserved his goal 7

EDEN HAZARD Great composure and vision in the build-up to Chelsea’s first goal and always looked a threat 7.5

Substitutes

CESC FABREGAS (for Hazard, 78′): Shored up the midfield to make completely sure of no nasty surprises 5

MICHY BASTSHUAYI (for Willian, 83′): Will have been disappointed not to start in Costa’s absence 5

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK (for Pedro, 83′): Nothing more than a fresh pair of legs for the Blues 5

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