Some promising signs, but Chelsea fade out against Leicester City
Chelsea set off like a train but ended up limping along like a three-wheel go-kart. They had to settle for a point in Frank Lampard’s first home match in charge after a hugely disappointing second half.
Kepa Arrizabalaga: 6
The busier of the two keepers after the break – saving a low curling shot from Hamza Choudhury and a counter-attack strike from Youri Tielemans. But dithering with the ball at his feet in the presence of Jamie Vardy was almost costly.
Cesar Azpilicueta: 6
Was heavily involved in Chelsea’s best attacking moments but had to think much more about defensive duties in a second half the Foxes dominated. Outjumped by Wilfred Ndidi for the City equaliser.
Andreas Christensen: 6
Kept a watchful eye on Vardy but was lucky that the former England striker did not cap a more impressive second half display with a goal.
Kurt Zouma: 6
Seemed on sounder footing than last weekend when he was all at sea against Manchester United, but looked vulnerable to the pace of Leicester’s counter-attacks.
Given licence to roam up front during the Blues’ periods of dominance. Like many of this team-mates, his influence waned as the match wore on.
N’Golo Kante: 6
Excellent at the outset in linking play against his old team-mates but in spite of interceptions and tireless running, could not stem a flow of dangerous Foxes raids.
Seemed to relish the extra pace in the Blues’ approach and was very impressive early on, suggesting a more positive version of the Sarri model could be unleashed this season. Good Crossfield passes to launch attacks.
Mason Mount: 7
An excellent beginning. Robbed a dozing Wilfred Ndidi to slot home his first goal for the club in the sixth-minute. Early left-footer also had Kaspar Schmeichel scrambling
Volleyed into the side-netting as the Blues flew out of the blocks and seemed likely to instigate a rout early on. Not for the first time it was a mirage as the Spaniard ran out of steam.
Olivier Giroud: 6
Good early lay-off for Pedro and a clever back-heel almost paved the way for a Kante goal. Flashed a header just off target before making way for Abraham just past the hour.
Christian Pulisic: 6
Looked comfortable early on, making his presence felt down the left flank. He will need time to make his mark but showed glimpses suggesting he can break out of the long shadow cast by Eden Hazard. Made way for Willian.
Tammy Abraham: 6
Given a great reception by Chelsea fans, mindful of the young striker’s brush with social media racism this week. He looked a handful after coming on and at least carried a threat, even if the Blues were off colour.
On for Pulisic for the final 20 minutes but unable to find the pass needed to get the Blues back in front.