Christian Pulisic and N’Golo Kante were amongst goals as Chelsea defeated Leicester City on Saturday to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League table. The Blues won 3-0.
With doubts over his future at the Stamford Bridge, Pulisic, who came in for Kai Havertz, delivered from close range – Chelsea’s final goal of the evening. This was his second league goal of the season. Chelsea have now lost just one of its opening 12 games.
Defender Antonio Rudiger opened Chelsea’s account with a back-header off a 14th-minute corner by Ben Chilwell. He drove toward the penalty area unchallenged as Wilfried Ndidi tried to get back to him, before shifting the ball to his left foot and sending in a shot that flew into the corner, giving goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel no chance in the 28th.
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Pulisic made the points safe nine minutes after coming on as a substitute in the 62nd. The U.S. forward was picked out in the middle of the penalty area by a pass from fellow substitute Hakim Ziyech and took a touch before producing a finish on the slide through Schmeichel’s legs.
Leicester was outplayed at King Power Stadium and missed the midfield guile of Youri Tielemans, who is out for a few weeks because of an injury sustained on international duty with Belgium.
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“We played a good away game. It was an excellent result. We created a lot of chances and half-chances, and were a bit unlucky with offside decisions. But we never stopped creating. I am happy with the effort and the quality. If we were on the highest level, we might have scored the third one earlier. If there’s two goals, anything can happen, momentum can change. But we didn’t allow, and the third one finished it off,” Chelsea’s manager told BT Sports after the game.
Asked about the future of Antonio Rudiger, who wants a pay rise, he added, “Everybody wants him to stay, it’s pretty clear. There’s obviously a delay, but we have a bit of patience, and hopefully there will be a happy ending!”
With inputs from the Associated Press