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Chelsea vs. Leicester City, Premier League: Half-time report

Scoreless at the half.

Chelsea v Leicester City - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

Just as the previous four halves of Chelsea football, the first-half of this game has also finished without a goal at either end, but unlike those previous four halves, Chelsea can probably consider themselves lucky to be able to look up and still see 0-0 on the scoreboard.

Chelsea had a good opening five minutes and finished the half in okay shape as well, but in between, Leicester have had the upper hand, routinely carving open the defence with simple balls over the top and overlaps out wide. It’s gotten a bit better since Christensen replaced the injured Cahill, but not by much. Fortunately, Vardy’s and Okazaki’s shooting radars were not dialed in. Seven shots, zero on target from Leicester’s front two — they are bound to find the finish sooner rather than later at this rate. Courtois has also made one excellent save on a wide-open header from Ndidi.

At the other end, Chelsea’s shooting has been okay, but we’ve not created enough chances or been able to string together passing moves with any regularity. Giveaways and turnovers are piling up, some in rather awkward areas. Both Hazard and Fàbregas have been guilty of shocking passes and missed touches, which is a problem since they’re the two creative fulcrums of the team.

So, plenty of room for improvement from the boys. The good thing is it’s still just 0-0, and we’ve shown marked second-half improvement in most games lately.


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