Frank Lampard’s Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge by Brendan Rodgers’ resilient Leicester City side on Sunday afternoon. Mason Mount took advantage of a Wilfred Ndidi individual error to slot the ball home on his home debut for the club.
Ndidi went on to make up for his error in the second-half as the Nigerian towered above the Chelsea defence from a corner-kick to fire the Foxes level. James Maddison missed a golden opportunity to gift Brendan Rodgers’ side all three point as he missed from close range.
Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Zouma, Emerson, Mount, Jorginho, Kante, Pedro, Giroud, Pulisic.
Substitutes: Caballero, Alonso, Tomori, Barkley, Kovacic, Abraham, Willian.
Leicester City: Schmeichel, Ricardo, Evans, Söyüncü, Fuchs, Choudhury, Ndidi, Tielemans, Maddison, Pérez, Vardy.
Substitutes: Ward, Justin, Morgan, Praet, Albrighton, Barnes, Iheanacho.
Much like their opening game of the 2019/20 campaign, Chelsea got off to a blistering start on the front-foot. And just six minutes into the match, Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi was caught in possession just at the edge of his own penalty area, and Mason Mount stealthily sniffed out the opportunity as he intercepted the ball from Ndidi to slot the ball home to mark his home debut with a goal.
Chelsea came close to adding a second, as Azpilicueta made a great run down the right as he picked out Mount in the box, but the youngsters header was fired straight at Kasper Schmeichel. Moments later, the home side created another great opportunity as Kante latched onto Giroud’s audacious back heel, but the Frenchman poked the ball just wide.
Chelsea almost got off to a ‘perfect’ start in the second-half as Emerson played over a delicate ball to Giroud, but the Frenchman’s header was straight at Schmeichel. On 61 minutes, Frank Lampard made his first change as Tammy Abraham came on to replace Olivier Giroud. Just minutes later, Leicester salvaged an equaliser as Ndidi made amends for his error early on as he rose high to head the visitors level.
Just minutes after equalising, Leicester should’ve taken the lead as a loose ball fell straight to James Maddison, and astonishingly, his attempt glided over the crossbar from close range. The visitors created another great chance just moments later as Jamie Vardy’s left-footed effort just went wide of Arrizabalaga’s right-post.
Frank Lampard spoke on his return to Stamford Bridge: “It felt great. It was obviously a big special moment for me. It’s the stuff of dreams and for me a huge thing. I certainly appreciate it but I’m here to do a job and we can do better than we did today.”