Chelsea slump to defeat at home to Leicester

Marcos Alonso missed a late chance to equalise. [Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire]

Chelsea 0 Leicester 1

Jamie Vardy’s goal condemned Chelsea to a shock defeat at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had dominated possession before being undone by a slick Leicester counter-attack six minutes into the second half.

James Maddison slipped a lovely pass through to Vardy, who fired past keeper Kepa at the near post.

The home side had endured a frustrating first half in which Eden Hazard hit the bar and David Luiz almost headed in after Pedro had flicked on Willian’s corner.

David Luiz went close for Chelsea in the first half.[Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire]

Hazard, again deployed as a centre-forward, collected a pass from Pedro and spun away from Harry Maguire before shooting against the upright.

It seemed certain that Chelsea would step things up in the second half, but instead they completely ran out of ideas.

Boss Maurizio Sarri made a double substitution on the hour mark, sending on striker Olivier Giroud along with Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Eden Hazard was asked to lead Chelsea’s attack again. [Picture: Nigel French/PA Wire]

Even with the added presence up front, Chelsea struggled to create chances before two were missed in the final minute.

After Antonio Rudiger headed wide, Marcos Alonso wasted a glorious opportunity by shooting against the post after finding himself through on goal.

Chelsea: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso, Kante, Jorginho (Fabregas 75), Kovacic (Loftus-Cheek 60), Pedro, Hazard, Willian (Giroud 60).
Subs not used: Caballero, Cahill, Zappacosta, Barkley.