EPL: Chelsea thrashes Leicester City,keep Top 4 hopes alive

Chelsea are on course to finish in the top four, and qualify for the Champions League, as they avenged their FA Cup final defeat by Leicester City to beat them 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday.

Around 8,000 fans were at Stamford Bridge to watch a Thomas Tuchel Blues side for the first time, and were treated to a dominating performance, with Antonio Rudiger bundling in their opener before Jorginho rolled home a penalty.

Timo Werner twice had goals ruled out before the break while Leicester, who looked flat after Saturday’s celebrations, offered little threat until Kelechi Iheanacho gave the visitors a lifeline with a cool finish in the 74th minute.

It was a nervy climax and Ayoze Perez wasted a glorious late chance to equalise but Chelsea clung on for a priceless win that moved them into third place on 67 points with one game remaining, meaning a win at Aston Villa on Sunday will guarantee them Champions League football next season.


For Leicester there is now the looming possibility that they will let a Champions League berth slip through their fingers for the second season in succession.

They could have ensured a top-four finish had they won at Stamford Bridge but will now drop to fifth, on goal difference, if Liverpool win at Burnley on Wednesday.

It was a strong performance and well-deserved performance. No time for celebration, the job is not done yet, two more games to go. Very happy to play in front of supporters, it was a huge difference today.


Speaking to the press after the match,Thomas Tuchel Chelsea’s coach said:
“On Sunday we had the post-match talk and you go on from there. Today is what we demand, played with high intensity and aggression and the team did very good.

“It is a bit frustrating but we speak about doing it again, go into the box, stay patient and play with a cool head. Keep the fire up and we played a high-intensity game.

“We defended so strong, did not give many chances but escaped with a deserved win. It is a different game with fans.”

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