Read a full match report from the Premier League fixture between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium on Saturday 14 January, 2016.
- Premier League leaders Chelsea recorded a 3-0 win over Leicester City at King Power Stadium on Saturday
- Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the lead on six minutes
- The defender made it 2-0 early on in the second period
- Pedro sealed the win for Chelsea with a header on 71 minutes
- Claudio Ranieri made three changes to the side that beat Everton last time out, as Wilfred Ndidi was handed a Premier League debut
Leicester City were defeated 3-0 by Premier League leaders Chelsea at King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.
Marcos Alonso handed Antonio Conte’s men the lead with just six minutes gone after tucking in from close range.
The Chelsea right back had his second of the game shortly after the interval, as his deflected low drive found its way into the back of the net.
Ruthless going forward, the London outfit sealed all three points with just under 20 minutes to play, with Pedro this time converting the loose ball with a header from inside the box.
Claudio Ranieri made three changes to the side that beat Everton 2-1 in the Emirates FA Cup last weekend, as Jamie Vardy returned following a short illness and Christian Fuchs and Ahmed Musa both started from off.
The City boss handed Wilfred Ndidi a Premier League debut, as Danny Simpson and Demarai Gray dropped to the bench, while Leonardo Ulloa missed out due to injury.
It took just two minutes for the Foxes to register an attempt on target through Ahmed Musa, who from a tight angle forced Thibaut Courtois into a good stop at the front post.
But Chelsea responded well to City’s early effort and with six minutes gone took the lead. Eden Hazard side-footed Pedro’s knock-down straight into the path of Alonso, who curled home to put league leaders in front.
Looking for a leveller, Ben Chilwell got up well but couldn’t direct Marc Albrighton’s pin-point cross from the right on target just after the quarter-hour mark.
Ndidi, a calming presence in the centre of midfield, then sent a 25-yard drive wide of Courtois’ upright with 30 minutes gone as Ranieri’s men began to gain a foothold in the game.
Vardy, looking for the run of Musa, forced Courtois to palm the no.9’s low cross to safety with his strike partner lurking in the centre – the Nigeria international unable to latch onto the loose ball.
A neat free kick eventually saw Hazard find Pedro, who from just inside the City box curled high and wide as the first period came to a close.
The Foxes found themselves 2-0 down on 52 minutes through unfortunate circumstances. Alonso collected the ball on the edge of the box and sent a deflected shot past Kasper Schmeichel to double the Chelsea advantage.
Skipper Wes Morgan was then on hand to block Gary Cahill’s audacious overhead kick with just over an hour played, before Alonso came just inches away from netting a hat-trick as the left back hammered a fierce volley wide.
Chelsea maintained their pressure and eventually found a third goal. Schmeichel raced out to block Willian’s strike, but Pedro was there to head in the rebound to put the game beyond City.
Continuing their search for a goal, City went close again through Chilwell, who lifted a 25-yard shot over the Chelsea crossbar.
The Foxes’ final major effort fell to Fuchs, as the left back hooked a volley towards goal that Courtois was equal to.
Beaten by a clinical Chelsea side, Ranieri’s outfit will aim to bounce back from defeat when they take on Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium on Sunday 22 January (12pm kick-off).
CITY: Schmeichel, Morgan (c), Huth (Okazaki 60), Fuchs, Chilwell, Mendy, Drinkwater, Ndidi, Albrighton (Simpson 77), Musa (Gray 71), Vardy
SUBS NOT USED: Zieler, Wasilewski, King, Kapustka
CHELSEA: Courtois, Alonso, Kante, Hazard (Fabregas 79), Pedro (Loftus-Cheek 84), Moses, Matic, Willian (Batshuayi 84), Cahill (c), Azpilicueta, Luiz
SUBS NOT USED: Begovic, Ivanovic, Zouma, Chalobah
GOALS: Alonso 6, 52, Pedro 71
REFEREE: Andre Marriner