Chelsea ground out a 2-1 win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Saturday, although they had to withstand some pressure to seal all three points.
Alvaro Morata was on the mark again as headed home an excellent delivery from Cesar Azpilicueta before N’Golo Kante scored against his former club to double Chelsea’s lead.
However, Jamie Vardy reduced the home side’s deficit from the penalty spot to set up a thrilling finish to the game, but the Foxes ultimately came out empty-handed as the Blues held on and continue their impressive recovery after their shock opening-day defeat to Burnley.
Chelsea have now won four consecutive away games with Morata scoring three in four outings to continue to lead the line for Antonio Conte’s men, but it was Kante who separated the two sides with a crucial win.
Coupled with the fact that he was influential in the game in general, the French international scores highest with us to pick up the Man of the Match award, with the backline producing a solid performance to keep Leicester at bay and help pick up the victory.
Chelsea player ratings: Courtois 7; Azpilicueta 7, Luiz 7, Rudiger 7; Moses 6, Kante 8, Bakayoko 6, Alonso 7; Pedro 6, Fabregas 7, Morata 7.
Substitutes: Willian 6, Zappacosta 6, Hazard 7.
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Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea: Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante secure points for Blues
N’Golo Kante’s stunning long-range strike earned Chelsea the points and condemned his former side Leicester to defeat.
Alvaro Morata broke the deadlock with his third goal of the season for the Blues after a super Cesar Azpilicueta cross.
The Blues doubled their lead five minutes into the second half through N’Golo Kante, who drilled a low shot from range into the bottom left corner.
Thibaut Courtois gave Leicester a lifeline by tripping Jamie Vardy inside the box and the England striker buried the penalty by striking it powerfully down the middle.
Chelsea rode their luck late on but saw the game out for a third straight victory.
Real Madrid fans must be wondering if their club messed up selling Alvaro Morata after he continued his fine start in Chelsea colours.
Madrid have failed to win their opening two matches at Bernabeu for the first time since 1995 following today’s draw with Levante.
But Spanish international Morata can’t stop scoring for Chelsea following his £60million summer signing from the Spanish giants. Here he made it three goals in four Premier League matches with a clinical first half header after also scoring as a sub on international duty with Spain in their win over Italy.
N’Golo Kante was deservedly crowned PFA player of the year last term as he won back to back titles after swapping Leicester for Chelsea.
Leicester players and fans appreciate his talents as much as anyone. And the midfield dynamo underlined his class back at the King Power with a fine low right-foot shot into the bottom corner from outside the box in the 50th minute to make it 2-0.
Ironically it was Wilfred Ndidi, bought to replace Kante, who failed to close him down quick enough as the French ace despatched a fine low finish. Kante also showed his class by not celebrating out of respect to his old club
Blues boss Antonio Conte caught the eye with his touchline theatrics – especially when it started raining heavily.
The Italian donned a baseball hat and a Chelsea overcoat, as well as holding a fluorescent bib. It was quite a sight and at times he appeared to be directing traffic not his players.
But his players got the message loud and clear as Alvaro Morata headed his side infront.