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Match Ratings: Leicester v Chelsea

Foxes fail to take advantage of 10-man Chelsea

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

The Foxes somehow give up two goals to a team with 10 men, and are now bottom of the league. Let’s get to the match ratings from yours truly.

Danny Ward: Tell me if you’ve heard this story before, he made a couple of good saves, and was beaten by a couple of shots he really couldn’t do anything about. The most noteworthy save was the first chance Chelsea had, scrambling across goal to deny Loftus-Cheek. Could he have done better on the first Chelsea goal? I’ll let you decide. 5.5.

Timothy Castagne: Lost Sterling for his second goal, which you don’t see from him often. However, he was up and down the Leicester right all match, especially during the last 15 minutes as the foxes pushed for an equalizer. 5.5.

Daniel Amartey: As I write this article, my inner conscience is telling me “Amartey had a decent game, don’t go after him!” Alas... I must. He genuinely did have a pretty good game, he read the game well, intercepted passes, and probably should have had an assist to Perez in the dying embers. But every game he makes a mistake that leads to a goal it seems like. He just has to get closer to Sterling on the first goal. Was he unlucky with the deflection? Sure. But he can’t give him an opportunity to shoot from there. 6.

Jonny Evans: The best game of the season so far from the old veteran. Even after he looked to have injured himself, he did the job and did that job well. 7.

James Justin: The battle between him and James was great to watch. Justin really held his own and the only time much action came from his side was for Chelsea’s second, and he was outnumbered on his side, not much production from him going forward but he was still very solid. 6.5.

Boubakary Soumare: The surprise inclusion nearly gave Chelsea a goal inside the first 10 minutes but began to grow into the game after that. I am unsure if he did anything particularly better than Wilf would have, but we will never get that answer will we? 5.

Youri Tielemans: Just got away with not giving away a penalty, but beyond that incident he was pretty good. He created three solid chances for the foxes and on a different day would have had a couple of assists. More on the set piece delivery later. 7.

Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall: Was flying around the pitch early on, tackles, pressuring the ball, trying to make things happen. On a few instances it seemed like he would make that something happen, but it just didn’t quite come off for him. He really faded out of the game in the second half. 5.5.

Dennis Praet: An attacking midfielder isn’t the answer at right wing, who would’ve thought. He did combine well with Timmy at times, and did have a significant chance to score, but out of position he was rather uninvolved. 5.

Jamie Vardy: Still without a goal this season, and I genuinely don’t know how after this match. When was the last time Vardy had THREE good chances and didn’t put one in the back of the net? While it is a positive that he finally got some service, the foxes need those chances in the back of the net now more than ever. 5.5

Harvey Barnes: Looked like himself again, causing the second yellow for Gallagher and scoring the goal that put us back in the game. He was an absolute menace in the second half. 7.


Ayoze Perez: Changed the game, and should have gotten the foxes a point. He was constantly in dangerous positions and played well. 7.

Kelechi Iheanacho: Was also in dangerous positions, but his touch and decision making let him down. He also had one of the most awkward shots I have ever seen, when you would have though he would at least hit the target. 5.5

Wilfried Ndidi: On the pitch for only a couple of minutes, he didn’t accomplish much. 5?

Honorable Mention

Set Piece Delivery: On both sides the delivery from set pieces was almost comical, with our side of the problem coming courtesy of Youri and KDH alike, constantly fizzing the ball right into the first man’s forehead. -5/10.

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