Leicester City took on the reigning Premier League champions Chelsea in the FA Cup quarterfinals and lost in gut-wrenching fashion after an extra-time winner by Pedro. The Foxes didn’t look particularly sharp but did still provide a serious challenge for Chelsea thanks to a couple key contributors.
Kasper Schmeichel - 6
A tough performance to judge as he made a couple key saves (including a late double-save) to keep City in the game, but then made a critical mistake that gave Chelsea a winner.
Danny Simpson - 4
Simpson was strangely out of position all day and played further forward than ever. Unfortunately, he was incredibly wasteful in attack - especially with his crosses - and also fell asleep on Morata’s opening goal.
Wes Morgan - 7
Put in an impressive eight clearances, four interceptions, and two tackles in addition to generally solid defending.
Harry Maguire - 6
Didn’t have the chance to push forward until late but was mostly steady in defense aside from a few fouls.
Ben Chilwell - 5
Very active and pushed up the left wing often but was wasteful. He also missed a critical tackle on Willian that could have put an early stop to the break for Chelsea’s opener.
Riyad Mahrez - 7
Not his most efficient day but he did provide the delivery that led to Vardy’s goal.
Wilfred Ndidi - 9
More machine than man at this point with a whopping 10 tackles, four aerial duels won, three interceptions, and two clearances in addition to a team-high 102 touches and 76 passes on 79 percent pass accuracy.
Vicente Iborra - 7
Another positive performance by the Spaniard: seven tackles and a team-best (excluding late subs) 88.5 percent pass accuracy.
Marc Albrighton - 8
Proved his worth again with his constant energy on both ends of the pitch.
I'm terribly sorry I once compared Eden Hazard to Marc Albrighton— Eghe (@Levi4dCulture) March 18, 2018
Utter disrespect to Albrighton
Kelechi Iheanacho - 6
Played 67 minutes with little to show for it except for a few glimpses of his soft touch.
Jamie Vardy - 8
Pestered the Chelsea backline throughout the affair and was rewarded with a scrappy goal.
Shinji Okazaki - 6
Came on for Iheanacho in the 67th minute and was fairly active (as always) but didn’t make a significant difference.
Adrien Silva - 6
Came on as an extra-time sub and gave a steady performance in his limited time.
Fousseni Diabaté - 6
Also came on in extra-time and was very active. He even drew a foul in an attacking area with a soft touch past a defender.
Demarai Gray - 5
City’s fourth and final sub had almost no time on the pitch and was unable to make the difference.
It was a tough loss to swallow for Leicester City as they had their sights set on the first FA Cup in club history. Despite the result, Wilfred Ndidi put on a masterclass and was easily the Man of the Match.