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Chelsea v Leicester City Live Commentary, 8/18/19

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1 - 1
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LEI
M. Mount (7)
W. Ndidi (67)
Stamford Bridge

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That concludes our commentary of the Premier League fixture between Chelsea and Leicester City. We hope you enjoyed it!
The Blues will be searching for their first win of the Premier League season next week when they travel to Carrow Road to face Norwich City on Saturday. As for the Foxes, they’ll also be looking for their first three-point haul of the campaign when they visit Sheffield United.
It was a match of two halves as Chelsea came roaring out of the blocks, and went ahead through Mount after just seven minutes thanks to Ndidi’s carelessness around his own penalty area. Pedro looked liveliest, harrying every opponent in possession and looking to both create and get on the end of chances. The second half saw a reversal of fortune though, as Maddison took control of the match, supplying Vardy with an endless number of throughballs, and providing some exceptional set-piece opportunities - one of which led to Ndidi’s goal after 67 minutes. Both teams looked likely to inch ahead and steal a winner, but they’ll have to settle for a point each in the end - Lampard’s first as Chelsea manager.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: CHELSEA 1-1 LEICESTER CITY
90' + 2' Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers has only faced Aberdeen and Rangers more often during his managerial career (13 games) than Chelsea (12 games) – however, he is still yet to register a win over the Blues, drawing six and losing six of his meetings; he has only lost more often against Manchester United (eight defeats).
90' The fourth official indicates four additional minutes for stoppages. 
88' Albrighton charges down the right and pulls it back for Tielemans, whose first-timed hammer blow is blocked by the ready palms of Kepa. 
86' This is Leicester City's 500th Premier League game, the 16th different team to reach the milestone. Of the previous 15, only five have won their 500th game – Arsenal, Everton, Tottenham, Newcastle and most recently Manchester City (6-1 v Burnley in April 2010).
84' Willian takes a late corner-kick towards the near post, but the delivery is disappointingly flat as a Leicester City defender whacks it away.
82' Mount tees up a free-kick from some way out and tries to beat Schmeichel, but he gets it wrong and sends it high above the crossbar.
M. Albrighton
Ayoze Pérez
Leicester City
80' Albrighton is thrown in for the final 10 minutes as Perez is recalled to the bench.
78' VARDY GOES INCHES WIDE! Maddison is at it again with another unbelievable throughball, putting it behind Christensen for Vardy to attack with his pace. The striker takes a touch to put the ball on his right and goes for the far post with a curler, but it narrowly misses the post on its way out! 
76' It’s been a much better second half from Leicester City, who’ve thoroughly deserved their equaliser. The bright start from Chelsea has seemingly dwindled away, though their fresh-legged attackers will certainly cause danger in the final 15.
74' MADDISON BLAZES IT OVER! He had done all the difficult work, receiving a lovely interchange from Perez and dancing past three Chelsea defenders, but his shot from just outside the six-yard box is sent high over the crossbar!
D. Praet
H. Choudhury
Leicester City
73' Rodgers counters Chelsea’s double switch with a substitution of his own, as Choudhry is off for Praet.
Willian
C. Pulisic
Chelsea
71' Pulisic’s match is over as Willian comes in to turn the tides.
M. Kovačić
Jorginho
Chelsea
71' With 20 minutes remaining, Jorginho is withdrawn, to be replaced by Kovacic. 
69' Leicester are looking to win consecutive away league matches against Chelsea for the first time since October 1961.
J. Maddison
Assist
Leicester City
67' Maddison has been threatening with great set-pieces all match, but this time he gets some help from his team-mate as Ndidi obliges with the finish.
W. Ndidi
Goal
Leicester City
67' NDIDI MAKES AMENDS WITH AN EQUALISING GOAL! 1-1! The midfielder looks extremely emotional after putting Leicester City level with a thumping header from a Maddison corner. He was marked by Azpilicueta, but the right-back had little chance against the imposing Nigeria international! His mistake gave Chelsea the lead, but he’s made it right with a finish at the other end.
65' Fuchs bursts down the left and puts a cross into the penalty area which goes dangerously close to Kepa’s goal - forcing the keeper to tip it over the crossbar and give the Foxes a corner.
63' Schmeichel launches a quick, long kick up the pitch towards Perez who traps it with a beautiful touch before sending it ahead for Vardy. The pass is good but hit just a bit too hard as the alert Kepa races off his line to gather.
T. Abraham
O. Giroud
Chelsea
61' Abraham is given a warm reception as he enters the fray, taking off Giroud just after the hour.
60' Maddison’s corner for Vardy is headed out of the penalty area by a Chelsea defender, but only as far as Tielemans on the edge of the box. His half-volley is a spectacular effort - but it flies wide of the goal.
58' Pedro has come back onto the pitch though he is limping heavily. Lampard looks to be giving him an opportunity to run off the injury - which he deserves considering his fantastic performance tonight.
57' Pedro limps off which allows play to continue, from the Leicester City set-piece. It’s taken deep to Choudhury, but the 10 men of Chelsea manage to defend it well enough.
56' Play is stopped after the awarding of the set-piece to allow treatment to the Chelsea winger, who doesn’t look likely to continue. Lampard has summoned Willian off the bench to warm up - with the replacement looking imminent.
54' The Stamford Bridge support voice their displeasure with the Foxes, who have continued to attack despite Pedro crumpling to the floor in discomfort after a challenge in midfield. Rodgers’ side are within their rights to continue, which they do and win a corner.
52' Ndidi’s poor game continues as a misplaced pass fails to read the mind of Pereira, which allows Emerson to collect it for a Chelsea throw, right in front of the Leicester City penalty area.
50' Chelsea are all over the shop as the midfield breaks down, which allows three Leicester City players through. Maddison puts the ball around Christensen and enters the penalty area, before dragging Kepa off his line. He centres it for the awaiting Vardy, but by the time the delivery comes in, enough Chelsea players come back to defend it.
48' A bit of a scare in the early going for Chelsea as Leicester City pile forward, but Maddison is unable to connect with the bouncing ball, slipping before his volley towards Kepa can come to fruition.
46' Leicester City get the second half underway from the kick-off, down 1-0!
Despite being a goal down, Rodgers will be somewhat pleased that it isn’t worse, considering the extremely poor start his side had to the match. He also has a number of interesting options on the bench to change the match, with both the creative Praet and the direct Iheanacho waiting in the wings. Lampard will certainly not be disappointed with how things stand, but Pedro and Mount’s wonderful start to the match should perhaps have produced more than the single strike. 
Chelsea’s blistering start carried them through the first half as a Mount goal after seven minutes is the difference at half-time. It could have been 1-0 for the hosts after just 60 seconds, had Pedro managed to hit the target with his volley from just outside the six-yard box, but Leicester City failed to heed those warnings as Ndidi’s dawdling on the ball ultimately cost his side. The Foxes seemingly grew into the match and almost made Kepa’s poor footwork pay - but Vardy was a half-step behind. Maddison has looked very dangerous from set-pieces, but there’s been a disappointing lack of quality on the end of the deliveries. 
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: CHELSEA 1-0 LEICESTER CITY. 
45' The fourth official indicates one minute of added time for stoppages.
43' Chelsea are still defending as the minutes wind down, but a poor touch from Pereira lets the Blues off the hook as it trickles out for a throw-in to Emerson.
40' Leicester City are working it around the Chelsea penalty area as we approach five minutes left in the first half - but Kante does what he does best and wins possession in midfield, breaking up the play.
38' Maddison curls the free-kick into the penalty area and it’s a delightful delivery, but neither Ndidi nor Soyuncu can get on the end of it, despite the delivery evading every defender.
Jorginho
Yellow Card
Chelsea
37' Jorginho gives away a free-kick for a stamp on the foot of Tielemans. The Leicester City players are calling for play to continue, but the referee brings it back to show the Chelsea midfielder a yellow card. 
35' Leicester City have an opportunity to keep possession and build an attack, but Chelsea have five men stationed around the centre-circle to prevent any forward push. A ball manages to find its way though, but Zouma steps up to get a foot in.
33' Pereira looks to link up with Vardy again through the middle, but for the second time, the right-back’s pass is mishit which allows the defence to collect.
31' Kepa gets into trouble after receiving a backwards pass and sitting on it for far too long. He gets his footwork completely wrong but manages to push it ahead for Zouma seconds before Vardy comes across to turn it in!
29' Maddison takes the delivery but Emerson stands his ground and knocks it away.
28' Perez and Tielemans combine down the right and the pair fool Pedro into giving away a silly free-kick, in range for a cross.
27' Wonderful play by Chelsea as Pulisic sprays it to the left for Emerson, whose centring pass is met with a deft backheel flick. Kante arrives late in the penalty area and looks to hammer the ball past Schmeichel from inside the six-yard box, but a lunging Fuchs gets enough of a touch to it to put the midfielder off his shot!
25' Mount stands over a Chelsea free-kick on the left touchline and curls it into the middle of the penalty area looking for the imposing Giroud, but Soyuncu gets to the delivery first.
23' Maddison whips in a free-kick towards the near post for a team-mate to get a head to, but Giroud is back to do his defensive duties and clear it away with a diving effort.
21' Pedro toys with the defence, cutting inside before shifting it to the right-hand side for Azpilicueta. The right-back puts a cross towards the waiting Mount, whose header at goal is directed right at Schmeichel.
19' Pereira teases a cross over the top of Chelsea’s defence, but nobody is waiting at the back post for it as Kepa leaps to make the save.
17' Pereira charges towards the Chelsea defence, flicking it through for Vardy - but the two weren’t on the same page as the striker comes to a stop which allows Kepa to come off his line and pick it up. 
15' Chelsea’s 0-1 home defeat to Leicester in the Premier League last season was only their second against the Foxes in 13 meetings in the competition (W7 D4 L2) and their first since September 2000.
13' Azpilicueta breaks out the style with a sombrero over Fuchs and a throughball down the flank for Mount, but it goes a bit too long for him to latch onto.
11' Maddison shrugs off Kante with fantastic balance and slips a pass through the heart of the defence for a charging Vardy, but a last-ditch sliding challenge from Azpilicueta puts it out for a throw.
9' Chelsea have absolutely overwhelmed the Foxes, who seem shell-shocked. The Blues are refusing to let their opponents settle on the ball, harrying every possession and winning it back in midfield.
M. Mount
Goal
Chelsea
7' MOUNT GIVES CHELSEA THE PERFECT START! It’s an absolutely horrible goal to give away for Leicester City, whose attempt to play it out of the back is spoiled by some very lax dribbling from Ndidi in front of his goal. Mount manages to nip in undetected and win possession, before flat-footing Schmeichel with a great finish! 
5' There’s been an interesting bit of refereeing news as the match official slated to take charge of the fixture - Graham Scott - was stuck in traffic pre-match and was only able to arrive in time to take up the fourth official’s spot. Oliver Langford is the chosen replacement; Langford never having refereed a Premier League fixture before.
3' PEDRO WITH AN EARLY MISS! Azpilicueta sends a cross into the penalty area for Giroud, who expertly chests it down. Pedro takes a touch and volleys a screamer which misses the near post and ripples the netting.
1' Chelsea get the match underway from the kick-off!
Brendan Rodgers makes only one change from the Leicester City XI that earned a 0-0 draw with Wolves, as a hip injury to Ben Chilwell keeps him sidelined - with Fuchs in to replace him at left-back.
Frank Lampard makes three changes from the XI that lost 4-0 to Manchester United last weekend. Kante has been deemed fit to start so he replaces Kovacic in midfield, while Giroud gets chosen ahead of Abraham in attack. The final switch sees a first start for Pulisic, who gets the nod on the left ahead of Barkley.
LEICESTER CITY SUBS: James Justin, Harvey Barnes, Wes Morgan, Marc Albrighton, Kelechi Iheanacho, Danny Ward, Dennis Praet.
LEICESTER CITY XI (4-1-4-1): Kasper Schmeichel; Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans, Caglar Soyuncu, Christian Fuchs; Wilfred Ndidi; Ayoze Perez, Youri Tielemans, Hamza Choudhury, James Maddison; Jamie Vardy.
CHELSEA SUBS: Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Willy Caballero, Tammy Abraham, Marcos Alonso, Fikayo Tomori, Willian.
CHELSEA XI (4-2-3-1): Kepa Arrizabalaga; Emerson, Kurt Zouma, Andreas Christensen, Cesar Azpilicueta; Jorginho, N’Golo Kante; Christian Pulisic, Mason Mount, Pedro; Olivier Giroud.
With 15 minutes to go before kick-off, let's take a look at the team news, starting with Chelsea! 
The Premier League champions of 2015/16 started their sixth-consecutive top-flight season with a hard-fought draw against Wolves at the King Power Stadium - though a late VAR intervention saved them from defeat by chalking off a goal for handball. The Foxes haven’t managed a league win in three matches, though they avoided defeat in their last fixture of the previous season, a 0-0 with Chelsea. 
Frank Lampard’s return to Chelsea hasn’t been as seamless as hoped, with the Blues getting thumped 4-0 by Manchester United in their opening fixture, which was followed up by a loss on penalties to Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup. The return of N’Golo Kante to the starting XI will undoubtedly provide a boost - and help shield a relatively inexperienced backline.
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