Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea avenged their FA Cup final defeat by leapfrogging their opponents Leicester City into the third spot after a 2-1 win in the Premier League. Antonio Rudiger put the hosts ahead two minutes after halftime from a corner. They were then awarded a penalty when Wesley Fofana was adjudged to have brought down Timo Werner in the box. Jorginho stepped up and calmly slotted the ball home to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Leicester halved the deficit in the 70th minute to make it 2-1 but the hosts held on to a crucial three points.
The game had 8000 fans in attendance at Stamford Bridge for the first time in nearly a year. The win guaranteed that Chelsea has their destiny in their own hands on the last day of the season. Leicester on the other hand will need to win their last game and hope that Chelsea or Liverpool drop points.
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
Thomas Tuchel: “It was an OK performance in the cup but today was a top performance. The first half was amazing, the quality and energy, and the second half as well.” he said. “It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go. The fans made a huge difference. You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition.”
Brendan Rodgers: “I thought it was a hard-fought game. We are obviously disappointed with the goals. We conceded a needless corner [by Luke Thomas] and then did not pick up well enough.” he said. “The penalty is, I think, very, very harsh. It was one of those that Wesley will learn from, he has been so good in so many ways, he has just got to be patient with that one.”