Mendy feels Tuchel’s wrath and 4 other things spotted during Leicester vs Chelsea
Chelsea defeated Leicester City 3-0 at the King Power Stadium, with goals from Antonio Rudiger, N’Golo Kante, and Christian Pulisic.
The wing-backs deliver once more.
Reece James and Ben Chilwell, two of Chelsea’s best performers this season, stepped from the tunnel about an hour before kick-off at the King Power to have a look at the ground they would soon be having an impression on.
James has seven goal assists in the Premier League before to the game. Chilwell, who joined the Blues from Leicester in the summer of 2020, has three. Against the Foxes, both players added to their tally.
With a superbly placed corner, Chilwell earned his first assist of the season, which was glanced home by Antonio Rudiger’s head. Although the Frenchman performed the brunt of the effort, James would subsequently play the pass that ended in N’Golo Kante’s amazing goal.
Chelsea’s wing-back duo remained a menace in the second half. Chilwell almost slipped in Callum Hudson-Odoi but was stopped by a great low save by Kasper Schmeichel, who did not let the home crowd’s boos affect his performance.
Jamie Vardy was able to keep the game at a stalemate.
The Leicester City star may not be as dangerous as he once was at 34 years old. Thiago Silva’s aged legs, on the other hand, were the Foxes’ biggest threat. Or so it seemed to everyone.
The Chelsea back three of Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, and Rudiger were excellent in their handling of the striker. He didn’t get a clear shot on goal and was a minor player throughout the game.
Despite playing the complete 90 minutes, Vardy only touched the ball eleven times. Even more damaging, at least from Leicester’s standpoint, four of those kick-offs came after Chelsea goals.
James is bitten by Rudiger.
We’ve said it again, but it bears repeating: Rudiger is unlike any other footballer. And it’s for this reason that the defender has become a Chelsea cult hero.
Rudiger’s exhibition at the King Power had a bit of everything. His usual charge forward was accomplished early, and he was terrific defensively (bar one slip up in the opening period).
He was also recorded on the scoreboard. Chilwell whipped a corner into the Leicester penalty area after 14 minutes, and Rudiger went to the front post and flicked his header into the other corner.
Chelsea had something to build on after the goal, and Thomas Tuchel’s team put on their most flowing performance of the season. N’Golo Kante raced forward soon before the half-hour mark and curled a superb shot beyond Schmeichel.
Kante, ever the humble star, kept his celebrations to a minimum. Rudiger dragged James towards him and then appeared to playfully bite into the academy graduate’s hair as he was welcomed by his teammates.
It was a classic Rudiger moment and one that will only serve to strengthen his bond with Chelsea fans.
Tuchel’s rage is felt by Mendy.
Chelsea’s first-half effort was without a doubt the greatest of the season, and maybe Tuchel’s whole tenure at Stamford Bridge. The German coach, though, was not quite happy.
When one of the Blues’ stars didn’t quite fulfill the head coach’s lofty standards, there were still verbal thrashings. Mason Mount and Hudson-Odoi both received one. There was also considerable dissatisfaction with Kante, who collided with Havertz while attempting an overhead kick.
After the interval, Chelsea’s performance was less remarkable, and there were even a few worries as the game went, despite Tuchel’s team having a two-goal lead.
Perhaps this is why Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy felt the need to slow the game down from a goal kick. The issue was that he took far too long and was given a yellow card for wasting time. Tuchel was enraged by this.
On the touchline, the German went crazy with his goalie and yelled across the ground at the Senegal international. The message was clear: play faster, keep the tempo up, and finish the game.
Chelsea would do so shortly after, with Christian Pulisic netting a third from close range, with Tuchel and Mendy exchanging a warm embrace and a laugh on the King Power pitch after the final whistle.