Chelsea Win Leicester Rematch To Go Third  (Sky Sports)

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Rudiger celebrates his goalChelsea avenged their FA Cup final defeat and moved above Leicester City into third spot in the Premier League with a 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge.

Antonio Rudiger's goal put Thomas Tuchel's team ahead early in the second half and Jorginho's 66th-minute penalty doubled the advantage before Kelechi Iheanacho gave Leicester hope.

The 8,000 Chelsea fans welcomed back to the stadium relished a result that leaves Leicester not only down in fourth but out of the Champions League places if Liverpool win at Burnley on Wednesday.

For Chelsea, it was a reversal of the 1-0 defeat at Wembley that came at a cost with N'Golo Kante going off injured, but Brendan Rodgers could have few complaints given the balance of play.

Player ratings

Chelsea: Mendy (6), James (7), Azpilicueta (7), Silva (7), Rudiger (8), Chilwell (7), Jorginho (7), Kante (6), Mount (8), Pulisic (6), Werner (8).

Subs: Kovacic (6), Giroud (6), Zouma (6).

Leicester: Schmeichel (6), Castagne (7), Fofana (6), Soyuncu (7), Thomas (6), Ndidi (6), Tielemans (6), Maddison (5), Albrighton (6), Perez (5), Vardy (5).

Subs: Iheanacho (7), Pereira (6).

Man of the match: Mason Mount

How Chelsea got the better of Leicester

Perhaps inspired by the vocal support, the home side began the game at a fierce pace, threatening to overwhelm Leicester in the opening minutes of the match with Ben Chilwell dragging a shot wide.

But it was Timo Werner who was the game's key figure throughout the first half.

Twice he thought he had found the breakthrough early on, appealing for a penalty when caught by Youri Tielemans before finishing neatly soon after only to see his old nemesis - the flag - go up.

The penalty shout not only went against him but referee Mike Dean took the view that Werner placing his foot between Tielemans' kicking foot and the ball was a foul by the German.

Dean was convinced that Werner had scored when bundling the ball in from a corner after 37 minutes but this time it was a handball offence spotted by the VAR that denied him.

Leicester were riding their luck and the Chelsea storm at that stage but Jamie Vardy, back as the lone striker with Iheanacho benched, had offered a reminder of his threat when volleying over.

The sight of N'Golo Kante trudging off before the interval to be replaced by the returning Mateo Kovacic will be a huge concern with the Champions League final looming but Chelsea kept pushing.

Mason Mount's ingenuity in engineering space on the right flank fashioned an opening for Christian Pulisic late in the half - the American denied by Kasper Schmeichel with Chelsea's eleventh attempt.

The half-time whistle provided some respite for the visitors but it did not last.

Chilwell's corner at the start of the second half was only diverted into the danger zone by Vardy at the near post and there was Rudiger to force home from close range with his thigh.

Rodgers brought on Iheanacho for the ineffective James Maddison in an attempt to shift the momentum of the match but the penalty decision appeared to end any hopes of a comeback.

The previously unfortunate Werner was moving away from goal in the left channel when Wesley Fofana clipped his foot. The initial decision was a free-kick but replays showed it was inside the box.

Jorginho did the rest, sitting Schmeichel down with his trademark routine before stroking the ball into the corner of the net for his seventh goal of the Premier League season - all of them penalties.

Leicester looked deflated but they found a route back into it when Wilfred Ndidi won possession of the ball high up the pitch before squaring for Iheanacho to beat Edouard Mendy to his left.

It made for a nervy finale and there was still time for a twist in the tale when the ball fell kindly for Ayoze Perez in the 90th minute only for him to measure his shot well over the bar.

Tempers frayed in stoppage time when Ricardo Pereira fouled Chilwell and just about every player and substitute seemed keen to get involved in the fracas. This was a heated encounter.

But Chelsea held on and it is Leicester who will be anxious now as they face up to the prospect of losing their top-four spot in the final week for a second successive season.

Man of the Match: Mason Mount

Timo Werner was involved in most of the key moments and Antonio Rudiger delivered an eye-catching display with his forward running as well as the opening goal of the game. But it was Mason Mount's overall contribution that drew the attention of Sky Sports' Alan Smith.

"Mason Mount was once again at the heart of everything that was good," said Smith on co-commentary, when selecting his man of the match. "He is so consistent, the lad, and he is consistent at a high level."

A hush descended among the crowd when Mount went down with a knee injury in the second half but he recovered to play on. Nobody is in any doubt as to the England international's importance to this Chelsea team.

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Today saw Man City, Man Utd and Leicester all fail to win - the first day in the Premier League to see each of the sides starting the day in the top three all play but not win since 31st January 2017 (Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea).

Leicester have won just two of their last 30 away league games against Chelsea (D11 L17), winning 1-0 in December 2018 and 2-0 in September 2000.

Chelsea have scored 10 Premier League goals via corners this season, more than any other team. Indeed, the Blues last bagged more goals from corners in a single top-flight campaign in 2016-17 (13).

Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho is the first player in Premier League history to score a goal on all seven weekdays within a single season.

Only Leeds United (11) have conceded more goals via corners in the Premier League this season than Leicester City (9).

No player has scored more Premier League goals in a single campaign with 100% of them coming from the penalty spot than Jorginho's seven this season (level with James Milner in 2016-17).

Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger has scored more Premier League goals against Leicester City than he has versus any other team (3), with each of his last three in the competition coming against the Foxes.

Marc Albrighton made his 200th Premier League appearance for Leicester City, becoming only the fourth player to reach this milestone for the club (also Vardy, Schmeichel, Izzet).

What's next?

Chelsea have an away fixture against Aston Villa on the final day of the season this coming Sunday at Villa Park, before contesting the Champions League final against Manchester City in Porto.

Leicester's last game of the season is against Tottenham at the King Power Stadium.

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Chelsea Mendy, Azpilicueta (C) (Zouma 88), Silva, Rudiger, James, Kante (Kovacic 32), Jorginho, Chilwell, Pulisic, Mount, Werner (Giroud 90+1)
Subs Not Used Kepa, Emerson, Alonso, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech
Booked Azpilicueta, Mendy
Goals Rudiger 47, Jorginho 66 (pen)

Leicester City Schmeichel (c), Castagne, Soyuncu, Fofana, Thomas, Ndidi, Tielemans, Albrighton (Pereira 67), Perez, Maddison (Iheanacho 60), Vardy
Subs Not Used Ward, Amartey, Fuchs, Morgan, Choudhury, Mendy, Praet
Booked Perez, Fofana, Ndidi, Pereira, Amartey
Goals Iheanacho 76

Attendance 7,195

Referee Mike Dean

VAR Andre Marriner