Leicester City player ratings vs Chelsea: Maguire and Ndidi impress

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Chelsea really need to rediscover their spark against Leicester, with Morata especially in need of a boost.

February 2017: Mourinho tipped Chelsea to win the Premier League, but not without calling them "a very defensive team who win the title with counter-attack and set-piece goals, so I don't think they will let it slip but football is football".

Mahrez's deflected strike then drifted wide, with Courtois beaten, before Chelsea boss Conte made a double change just before the hour mark in an attempt to lift his side, with Willian and Pedro replacing Fabregas and Eden Hazard.

While Hazard wasn't having the best game of his career, fans were well aware of the fact that he remains the main source of creativity for Chelsea.

With Leicester frustrating the Blues, Chelsea's players were subject to 90 minutes of high-octane football in their quest to gain all three points. "We suffered a lot in the first half". Besides, with Leicester's Okazaki playing a typically energetic role and dropping back onto his old teammate N'Golo Kante to ensure Leicester weren't overrun, Chelsea didn't even have the numerical advantage in midfield that Conte may have expected.

However, their comments have acquired more bite lately, beginning when Mourinho implied that Conte was a "clown" for his dramatic touchline celebrations, although he later claimed he was not referring specifically to the Italian.

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Vardy failed to hit the target from risky positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi's free header following a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up. They had 12 first-half shots, the most for an away side at Chelsea in well more than a decade according to Opta, and Puel will have been disappointed that his side weren't leading at the break.

"The ambition is not just for us to score but to continue to play after scoring and to always keep good ambition in our play".

And Chelsea would also be afraid of criticism from fans and local press by selling an important player in the middle of a season with Premier League and Champions League being played.

But Ben Chilwell received two yellow cards inside five minutes in the second half, giving his side a tough final 20 minutes.

It was Alan Pardew's first league victory since he took over as manager nine matches ago at the start of December.