Leicester City 0-3 Chelsea: 5 talking points as the Blues extend lead with commanding win

Chelsea extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to six points with a commanding win over Leicester City.

The lunchtime kick-off presented the Blues with the opportunity to stake their claim, sit back and watch their rivals attempt to cut the gap – which is exactly what they did.

Thomas Tuchel‘s side, who had won four of their last five, don’t seem to have lost a beat during the international break.

The last time these two sides met Leicester produced something of a shock at Wembley to lift the FA Cup. Six months on though and Chelsea appear to be going from strength to strength with Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante notching in the first-half.

Rudiger headed home from a corner whilst his team-mate was able to travel before slotting past Kasper Schmeichel.

The Foxes, as you’d expect, produced a markedly improve showing in the second-half, but were unable to breach the Blues defence.

Instead it was the returning Christian Pulisic who was able to rub salt in Leicester’s wounds and underline the current gulf between the two teams – and it could’ve been even worse had the Blues not had three-second half goals ruled out for offside.

Here are five talking points from a comfortable win for the title hopefuls.

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Chelsea were able to extend their lead at the top

1 Home un-comforts

The King Power is not a happy hunting ground for Leicester at the moment. Already the Foxes have lost more than they’ve won – three to two – on their own patch this season.

Chelsea became the third side to win there following successes for Manchester City and Arsenal.

This is nothing new though – last term the Foxes much preferred playing on the road, losing just three times whereas they were beaten on nine occasions at the King Power.

Those woes will not be helping their ambitions though, with teams in the upper echelons of the table often renowned for being tough to beat at home.

Already there seems to be the danger of a mental block, with Leicester’s questionable home form a talking point in the lead up to the Chelsea defeat.

Watford and Newcastle are their next two opponents at the King Power, defeats against those two sides will seriously see alarm bells ringing regarding their home results.

2 No Rom, no problem

Romelu Lukaku was signed in the summer for a club-record fee and was quickly heralded as the final piece of the jigsaw.

A goal on his debut underlined that, but since then his efforts have dried up with his tally stuck on four. He currently finds himself out injured, not that Chelsea have struggled however.

Yes they are a better team with the Belgian present, but in his absence the Blues continue to find the net.

Kante and Rudiger both scored their second goals of the season at Leicester. They could’ve in fact been even further ahead at half-time.

It total Tuchel has seen 15 different players score for his Chelsea side in the league this season, which includes several of his defenders.

Yes title hopefuls often have a prolific marksman to rely on but, as Manchester City continue to show, not having a 25-goal striker doesn’t have to be a drawback.

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Antonio Rudiger heads home Chelsea’s opener

3 All eyes on Rodgers

The Northern Irishman had to field questions this week about the potential of taking charge at Manchester United.

Rodgers is reportedly a leading candidate to take over at Old Trafford should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer be shown the door.

But now, with everyone seemingly watching his every move, questions are immediately asked whenever his team come unstuck.

Be it their questionable home record or conceding from corners, such speculation is not what he or the club need.

It is worth noting that, whilst Leicester’s past two seasons have seen them mix it with the big boys, thus putting Rodgers in the shop window, this Foxes team operate with far less resources than their rivals.

A home defeat to Chelsea for decades has never been anything to be ashamed of, but as Rodgers is linked with pastures new, all this seems to matter a little bit more.

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Brendan Rodgers, who is linked with the Man Utd job, saw his side well beaten

4 CHO on a quest

It says a lot if a player is turning down international opportunities to concentrate on his club form, but that is exactly what Callum Hudson-Odoi did.

The 21-year-old is certainly not short of competition at Stamford Bridge and felt going away with the England U21s was not in his best interests, which in itself divided opinion.

Nevertheless minutes at Chelsea are not guaranteed such is their squad depth but Hudson-Odoi looks to have found a home in Chelsea’s front three and his performances suggest his huge potential could soon be unlocked.

Tuchel said recently: “He is clearly on the right way – you can see it in the matches and how effective he is. I feel he is very focused. He waited a long time for these chances and now they arrived.”

Christian Pulisic came off the bench to add a third

5 Rudiger’s Leicester loving

He’s only scored eight league goals for Chelsea and three of them have come against Leicester at the King Power. Clearly the German has an appetite for it.

The centre-half rose highest to head home early on and set the Blues on their way.

Leicester City have now conceded more set-piece goals than any other Premier League side this season – eight – and Rudiger was only too happy to add to their issues.

The defender’s performances are coming amid the backdrop of an uncertain future as his contract winds down.

Rudiger wants a pay bump and his efforts seem to deserve just that.

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