Leicester City capped off their spectacular 2015/16 Premier League campaign with a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge against former titleholders Chelsea in an entertaining back and fourth affair.
Both the former and current champions came into the fixture with nothing to play for, resulting in some lineup tweaks from Claudio Ranieri, with both Demari Gray and Andy King starting the game for the Foxes.
The new champions entered to a guard of honor and started the game off with some decent play from both Gray and Jamie Vardy, with both having a few chances to make it an early 1-0 lead to the visitors, but having no luck in finding a breakthrough.
Shortly after the 20-minute mark Chelsea really began to control the game, feeding off large gaps in the middle of the park as they took a page from the Foxes book and attempted to catch them out on the counter. The home side seemed to find plenty of space on Leicester's right hand flank, with Baba Rahman making himself a nuisance with constant cutbacks and dangerous balls into the penalty area.
The Foxes struggled to get the ball out of their own half, with sloppy passing leading to multiple shots from the home side. Thankfully the score line remained level thanks to some heroic goalkeeping from Kasper Schmeichel, who was absolutely world class today, expertly denying both Willian and Cesc Fàbregas in the dying stages of the half. The home side did find themselves a goal after yet another scramble inside the Leicester City penalty area, but Pedro's strike was ruled rightfully offside, meaning all was to play for in the second half, the score line 0-0 at the break.
The visitors woke themselves up in the second half, appearing much more direct and calm on the ball, thanks mostly in part to the introductions of Shinji Okazaki and Jeffrey Schlupp. The Foxes began a fairly consistent spell of pressure, allowing the Chelsea defense little to no time on the ball. Unfortunately the home side struck first blood as Schlupp brought down Nemanja Matić in the penalty area, with Fàbregas slotting it home from the spot to give the hosts the 1-0 lead in the 66th minute.
The Foxes continued to press on, with shots from N'Golo Kanté and Riyad Mahrez coming close, but unable to find their mark. Leicester seemed the more likely side to find the back of the net in the dying stages of the game and drew level thanks to an absolute screamer of a strike from Danny Drinkwater. The Englishman found himself in acres of space, teeing up from 25 yards and slotting the powerful strike into the bottom corner to make it 1-1. The Foxes looked to add a second to their tally, but despite their efforts, were unable to, the game finishing at one apiece.
Overall it was more or less an exciting testimonial game to finish off a spectacular Premier League campaign, a classic resilient finish in typical Leicester fashion as always. Looking foreword to more of this next season!