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Blues beat Leicester 2-1

10/09/2017

Goals from Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante secured Chelsea their third win in three matches on Saturday, as the reigning champions beat the 2015/16 champions 2-1.

New signing Davide Zappacosta made his debut off the bench for the Blues, while Eden Hazard came back from injury to play for the last few minutes.

Thibaut Courtois started in goal, with David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta and Antonio Rudiger in a three-man defence. Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were on the wings, while Kante was joined by fellow Frenchman Tiemoue Bakayoko in central midfield. Morata was supported by Cesc Fabregas and Pedro up front.

Morata looked a threat from the start, and tested Kasper Schmeichel in the Foxes goal with a curling shot in the first few minutes.

Alonso then saw his cross blocked wide, while Morata had another chance, but misjudged the flight of Fabregas's pass and struck thin air.

David Luiz saw his free-kick saved, while at the other end Thibaut Courtois saw a shot flash wide of his post before making a good save with a strong right hand.

The breakthrough came just after the 40th minute. As has often been the case this season, Chelsea had their Spanish spine to thank. Azpi received the ball from Bakayoko, took a touch, looked up and lofted a perfect ball right onto Morata's head in the area. All his compatriot had to do was nod the ball home.

Chelsea had a few chances to go two up before half-time, while Leicester looked to equalise, but the half ended 1-0 to the visitors.

The scoreline didn't last long, however, and Chelsea were 2-0 up with five minutes of the restart. In the first real attack of the half, Kante drove a low strike through a crowd of bodies and into the bottom corner... from 25 yards out!

The Foxes stayed in the fight though, and won a penalty just after the hour-mark. Jamie Vardy made no mistake and Chelsea's lead was halved.

As a reaction to the goal, and with one eye on the Champions League in midweek, Antonio Conte rotated on Willian, Zappacosta and Hazard during the last 30 minutes.

Chelsea managed to see out the win, and even came close to scoring a few more. Zappacosta gave fans a taste of what could be to come, flashing a shot just wide of the far post.

The Blues take on Qarabag in the Champions League on Tuesday evening. Keep an eye on BridgeKids for the full match preview!

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