December 17, 2018

Leicester beat Chelsea to go top

Leicester City returned to the top of the Premier League and increased the pressure on Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho with victory at King Power Stadium, reports BBC.

Jamie Vardy’s 15th goal of the season put Leicester ahead before half-time and Riyad Mahrez’s brilliant curling strike just after the break sealed the win for Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Chelsea substitute Loic Remy pulled one back but Leicester survived in relative comfort to move back ahead of Manchester City at the top of the table.

The reigning Premier League champions, in contrast, lie just a point off the relegation zone in 16th place with Mourinho fighting for survival.

Ranieri has been in Mourinho’s shadow from the time he was succeeded at Stamford Bridge by “The Special One” in 2004 and relations between the pair have often been fractious.

They are more cordial now – but how the 64-year-old, hugely popular Italian will have enjoyed the sweet taste of victory against his former club on Monday.

Chelsea have looked lethargic on many occasions this season but rarely have they looked as ragged, pedestrian and off the pace as they were against the Foxes.

From the first whistle the pace and movement of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez immediately exposed John Terry, in particular, in the style that has troubled so many teams on Leicester’s remarkable rise to the top.

As Leicester pressed and pushed, Chelsea retreated on to the back foot. Ranieri’s side looked high on confidence and adrenalin, the reigning champions fearful and tentative.

It was barely believable that only seven months ago Chelsea were crowned champions and Leicester were pulling off a remarkable escape from what looked certain relegation. This night underscored what has been a remarkable role reversal this season, and ensured Leicester’s best start to a top-flight season in their 131-year history.

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