Featuring the two most recent Premier League champions, the Chelsea vs Leicester match at Stamford Bridge was always going to be a big one.
And it sure was, with Chelsea storming to victory over their sloppy-looking opponents.
The last time the two clubs met was in the EFL Cup earlier in the year, with Chelsea coming out on top with a 4-2 win. Today they proved that they weren’t going to let Leicester stand in their way in the league either.
Some pundits were suggesting that if Chelsea had a bad day, manager Antonio Conte might be looking at an early exit. With the club having had 12 managers and caretakers in the last 10 years, it’s obviously not averse to shaking up its leadership, but this match has dispelled all such gossip.
Diego Costa scored Chelsea’s first goal early on in the match, making it look so effortless. Fairly lazy defending from Leicester meant that Costa was able to easily nab his seventh Premier League goal of the season.
Costa on ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ð¥ right now #CHELEI
— Marc Powell (@powellm2) October 15, 2016
Did Costa steal Fabregas' magic hat or what? That's some form. #CFC #CHELEI
— Kavan Flavius (@KavanFlavius) October 15, 2016
Perhaps the best thing about the goal was Conte’s reaction to it.
What a great pic of Conte #cfc #CHELEI @ChelseaFC pic.twitter.com/PnauWiGKDr
— Sean McGrath (@sean_uk) October 15, 2016
Even before the first half was over, we all knew it wasn’t looking good for Leicester.
Leicester fans right now #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/OMbarSlHWS
— —- D —- (@tropicalsocks) October 15, 2016
Fine form from Chelsea and some excellent attacking put the team way ahead.
This is as well as I have seen @ChelseaFC play in a reasonably long time #CHELEI
— G?T (@gavintoms) October 15, 2016
Chelsea’s David Luiz was pure entertainment in this match. At one point he karate-kicked the air only to fall unceremoniously on to his head – that’s gotta hurt.
Haha good ol @DavidLuiz_4 #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/gJ1WXgFkUo
— Barry Osborn (@BarryOsborn3) October 15, 2016
So close hits the post, then Bruce Lee kicks the air, gotta love him #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/bcffhq6dCH
— BC (@benncoffeyy) October 15, 2016
#CHELEI David Luiz bicycle kick attempt (LOL ) had all the grace of a sea lion giving birth!!! pic.twitter.com/siHXrUXdzm
— TITO (@TitoPerez89) October 15, 2016
More entertainment came in the second half when Luiz nearly managed to score an own goal.
When Eden Hazard came in with Chelsea’s second goal, it became abundantly clear how poor Leicester’s defending was.
Leicester trying to defend since referees stamped down on grappling in the box #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/yu3ffWXHlR
— Football Tips (@footballtips) October 15, 2016
Stealth defence by Leicester there. Couldn't be seen by anyone #CHELEI
— George Thorpe (@gthorpesport) October 15, 2016
In a heartwarming move, both Costa and Hazard made the “W” sign after they scored as a tribute to their team-mate Willian, who is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother.
One thing that was really noticeable in this match was just how quiet Jamie Vardy was.
Has anyone seen Jamie Vardy? Last sighting in May #CHELEI
— Craig beasley (@Craigbeasley3) October 15, 2016
Forgot @vardy7 was actually playing #CHELEI #CFC
— Lee Tessler (@L33TES) October 15, 2016
Leicester fans looking for the Jamie Vardy of last season… #CHELEI pic.twitter.com/YKhvdLYZNj
— Ladbrokes (@Ladbrokes) October 15, 2016
While Leicester did try to be more aggressive in the second half, Chelsea weren’t having any of it.
Nathaniel Chalobah’s deft heel kick put Victor Moses in to score, and a third goal essentially wrapped up the match.
Chalobah with a brilliant back heel assist and Mosses slides it in. We are bringing the house down. #CFC #CHELEI
— Vyas (@vyaskumar90) October 15, 2016
All in all, this match showed off Chelsea’s fine form, and made it clear that Leicester have a lot of work to do.