With their third straight victory, Chelsea extended their mini-revival and handed struggling Leicester City their fifth straight loss.
Chelsea got off to a strong start after defeating Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League, and Ben Chilwell scored against his former team by volleying in from a tight angle.
In the space of two minutes, Chelsea’s Joao Felix and Leicester’s Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall both hit the post, and Felix later had a goal disallowed for offside by the video assistance referee.
Following Ricardo Pereira’s brilliant win of the ball from the sluggish Felix outside the area, Patson Daka rifled home an incredible equalizer.
But six minutes into the first half’s extra time, Kai Havertz pounced on a wonderful dinked finish following Enzo Fernandez’s deft aerial ball.
Mykhailo Mudryk thought he had scored the Blues’ first goal after the break, but it was ruled that he was offside.
After Mudryk’s header, Mateo Kovacic volleyed in to secure the victory.
The slipping Foxes, who finished the game with 10 men after Wout Faes was late dismissed for a second booking, are currently only one point clear of the drop zone.
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Chelsea currently has victories over Leeds, Dortmund, and Leicester in the span of eight days after losing its previous six games during a five-week period.
They had gone 10 games without a victory on the road since October, which was the longest streak without an away victory since 2000–01.
After a challenging beginning in his first position with one of Europe’s top teams, Graham Potter will be hoping that today is the turning point. Even though they are just 10th right now, they are only two points away from a possible European spot.
As Chilwell met Kalidou Koulibaly’s cross and slammed it home, they took the lead on their first significant opportunity. He celebrated the goal against his former employers.
Felix’s shot past Danny Ward, which hit the post, and goal from Ruben Loftus-cross Cheek’s could have made it even better. Felix was ruled to be offside, and the VAR ruled it out as everyone gathered around the center circle prepared for a restart.
They did regain the lead as Havertz skillfully finished Fernandez’s pass.
Mudryk, an £89 million Ukrainian forward, surged by the Leicester defense to tuck in, but he was deemed outside. Soon after, Havertz crossed from the right, and Mudryk nodded down for Kovacic to lash in. This was his first assist in English football.
The VAR investigated the goal for possible Havertz offside, but the goal was upheld.
More pressure on Rodgers?
The streakiness of Leicester’s season is ludicrous. They had a terrible season opener before going on a tremendous run leading up to the World Cup. After the break, they went three games without a loss before dropping their next four Premier League games (five including the FA Cup defeat by Blackburn).
They were jeered off at the end of the game because of their recent slump, which has brought them dangerously close to the relegation zone.
Their worst streak since November to December 2014 is five straight defeats. For the second time in league history, they have lost 16 Premier League games in a season, which is a record for Rodgers’ managerial tenure.
They have a tendency to not take risks, and despite having 17 shots compared to Chelsea’s 12 here, they only managed one goal.
With five shots, two on target, and three chances created, James Maddison was once again one of their standout players. However, none made it into the goal.
As his free kick connected with Daniel Amartey’s head in front of an open goal, he ought to have been credited with an assist, but the defense inexplicably missed it.
Dewsbury-Hall fired a deflected shot from 25 yards out that hit the angle of the bar and post.
Conor Gallagher successfully cleared a shot from Harry Souttar in the second half, and Dewsbury-Hall missed a kick when he had a clear opportunity to score from six yards out.
When Faes lunged at Carney Chukwuemeka and received his second yellow card, their suffering was made even worse.