Chelsea 2-1 Leicester: 5-talking points – the Blues take a giant step towards Champions League qualification

5-talking points as Chelsea picked up a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League. The Blues took a giant step towards Champions League qualification.

Anthony Rudiger of Chelsea againsr Leicester City in Premier League

Chelsea picked up a 2-1 win over Leicester City in the Premier League earlier tonight.

The win will come as a significant boost to the Blues’ Champions League hopes, and they are in a solid position to finish in the top four now.

Both teams cancelled each other out in the first half of the game, but Chelsea came out snarling in the second half, and goals from Antonio Rudiger and Jorginho sealed the three points for the home side.

Here at Anytime football, we look at the five major talking points from tonight’s contest.

Timo Werner continues to be useful despite not scoring

The German striker was unfortunate to have two goals ruled out tonight, one for handball and the other for being offside.

However, he was still quite useful for Chelsea, and he managed to win the penalty that Jorginho converted. In the end, the spot-kick proved to be the difference between the two sides.

Injury to N’Golo Kante

Chelsea are 11 days away from the Champions League final, and Kante had to be taken off after an injury against Leicester City earlier tonight.

The Blues will be desperately hoping for the Frenchman to return in time for the final.

Kante has been arguably the best player for Chelsea in the last few rounds of the Champions League, and the Blues will struggle to beat Manchester City without him.

Leicester’s Champions League dream in jeopardy

The Foxes had a glorious opportunity to extend their lead in the third place with a win tonight, and Brendan Rodgers will be disappointed with the defeat.

Leicester will now have to win their remaining Premier League game against Tottenham Hotspur and hope that Chelsea and Liverpool drop points.

If Chelsea win their game against Aston Villa and Liverpool win their remaining matches, the Foxes could be dumped out of the top four.

Iheanacho should have started the game.

Brendan Rodgers decided to keep the former Manchester City striker on the bench tonight, and it has proven to be a mistake.

Leicester should have given him a start instead of Ayoze Perez, who missed a big chance to score the equalizer against Chelsea.

Iheanacho came on in the second half and scored the only goal of the game for Leicester, and it gave the Foxes some much-needed belief when they were struggling to contain Chelsea.

The 24-year-old has been in exceptional form over the recent months. He should have started the game alongside Jamie Vardy.

He has 17 goals and 3 assists in his last 21 appearances for Leicester City. 

The late scuffle and Rudiger’s impact

The Chelsea defender not only scored a vital goal for his side tonight his role in a scuffle involving the Leicester City and Chelsea players towards the end of the game wasted some valuable time and helped the Blues see out the game-time.

The German defender has been outstanding since his return to the starting lineup, and one has to wonder why Frank Lampard decided to leave him out of his side during the first half of the season.