Chelsea roll on with 2-1 win at Le­ices­ter

Stabroek News Sunday - - SUNDAY SPORT -

(Reuters) - English cham­pi­ons Chelsea ground out their third suc­ces­sive Premier League win after goals from Al­varo Mo­rata and N’Golo Kante helped them to a 2-1 de­feat of Le­ices­ter City on Satur­day.

The re­sult left Chelsea third in the stand­ings with nine points from four games, one adrift of lead­ers Manch­ester City, as they con­tin­ued to re­cover from los­ing 3-2 at home to Burn­ley in their open­ing fix­ture.

Sec­ond-placed Manch­ester United, who have made a per­fect start with three wins out of three, were play­ing at Stoke City later on Satur­day.

Chelsea’s work­man­like vic­tory at the 2016 cham­pi­ons was de­scribed by Mo­rata as a step­ping stone in their bid to re­tain the ti­tle.

“The most im­por­tant thing is we are not in the first place and we look forward to mov­ing ahead in the ta­ble,” the 24-year old Spa­niard told Sky Sports.

“It is im­por­tant to win here. Al­ways against Le­ices­ter at this sta­dium it is very dif­fi­cult to win. We were in a good po­si­tion at 2-0 but suf­fered to the end.”

Chelsea dom­i­nated the open­ing half but nearly fell be­hind in the 40th minute when their goal­keeper Thibaut Cour­tois was forced to make a close-range save from Is­lam Sli­mani.

The Foxes were pun­ished im­me­di­ately as Ce­sar Azpilicueta de­liv­ered an ex­cel­lent cross from the right flank for Mo­rata to head past goal­keeper Kasper Sch­me­ichel.

Sch­me­ichel was at fault for Chelsea’s sec­ond in the 50th minute when an in­nocu­ous-look­ing shot by for­mer Le­ices­ter mid­fielder Kante from 30 me­tres sailed away from the Dane’s late dive into the bot­tom cor­ner.

“It is al­ways spe­cial to play my old team,” said Kante. “I had an amaz­ing year here but when I come I try to win and to­day was im­por­tant and I am happy to score. It is al­ways a plea­sure to score but I keep it in­side be­cause I want to re­spect my old team.”

Jamie Vardy re­duced the deficit with a penalty in the 62nd minute after he was tripped by Cour­tois but Le­ices­ter rarely looked like snatch­ing a draw, with the vis­i­tors miss­ing sev­eral chances at the other end.

Sub­sti­tute Wil­lian twice came close for Chelsea who were given a stop­page-time fright when a swerv­ing cross from the right fizzed be­yond Vardy across the face of the goal.

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