Chelsea welcomed their fans back at Stamford Bridge by defeating Leicester City 2-1 to avenge the FA Cup final defeat and move into third position in the table. Despite taking a two-goal lead, the Blues let Leicester back into the game through another defensive mistake, but held on to see out a nervy 15 minute period.
Antonio Rudiger opened the scoring for Chelsea early in the second half, and the hardworking Timo Werner won a penalty for his side, which was cooly slotted home by Jorginho. The final minutes of the game saw players of both sides engaged in a mini brawl as tensions ran high after Rudiger and Ricardo clashed after a foul on Ben Chilwell.
Speaking to reporters after the win, Thomas Tuchel praised his team and said “It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go.”
“The fans made a huge difference. You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very strong performance and I’m absolutely delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans. We needed exactly that today, it was a big win but it’s not done yet. It is not time for celebration.”
Timo Werner, who put in a tremendous shift was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty in the first half. The German was also denied twice by VAR, one for an offside, and other for a handball. However, the Chelsea striker’s hard work paid results as he won a penalty for his side, which Jorginho scored to give the Blues a two goal lead.
Speaking after the match, Werner admitted this season has been his unluckiest ever in his career. The German added “The first half was the picture of the whole season for me. I was close but not really close. I think it’s the unluckiest season I’ve ever had and will have maybe.”
“Offside, a clear penalty and then I want to make a header, I get a little push and I head it against my arm.”
“But when you are so unlucky but you still reach the Champions League final and maybe reach the Champions League next season , everything is good.”
Source: Sky Sports