Buoyed by the occasion, Chelsea started the game exceptionally well, playing the kind of up-tempo, aggressive, direct, pressing football that Frank Lampard talks about every time.
And it didn’t take long for Chelsea to reap the rewards of those efforts, with Mason Mount pinching high to win the ball, and finishing past Schmeichel to open the scoring. Chelsea kept the pressure up and could’ve added to the lead, with Pedro, Mount, Pulisic, and Kanté all coming close in the first 30 minutes.
But Leicester slowly grew into the game after the first 15-20 minutes, and the latter half of the first-half was a much more even affair.
That improvement continued in the second half, and Leicester’s equalizer halfway through the half was hardly surprising.
Chelsea only managed a tepid response to the equalizer, and were probably lucky to not concede a second.
Not quite to script this one. Work in progress.
- Just one change from the starting lineup from Wednesday’s Super Cup (Mount for Kovačić), and unfortunately it showed in the tired legs after the first half an hour.
- Abraham for Giroud, Kovačić for Jorginho, Willian for Pulisic the three like-for-like sub, as Chelsea stayed in the 4-2-3-1.
- Next up: newly promoted Norwich City, away