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Chelsea all but secure third with Leicester draw

Published on: 19 May 2022

Marcos Alonso's goal was his fourth in the Premier League this season

Chelsea all but secured a third-place finish in the Premier League with a draw against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues, beaten in the FA Cup final by Liverpool at the weekend, fell behind early on when James Maddison curled a fine effort beyond goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

However, Marcos Alonso equalised towards the end of the first half when he was picked out superbly by Reece James and volleyed in.

Chelsea dominated the second half and had numerous chances to take all three points.

Hakim Ziyech went close with a free kick while Romelu Lukaku - who had been largely quiet - headed wide.

But Christian Pulisic failed to convert the best chance for a winner when he sliced wide from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.

The result means Chelsea stay third, three points ahead of Tottenham, but with a vastly superior goal difference.

Thomas Tuchel's side finish the season at home to relegated Watford on Sunday (16:00 BST) while Leicester, who are ninth, will look cement a top-10 finish when they host Southampton at the same time.

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Chelsea look to the future as season draws to a close

Any jeopardy for Chelsea in this game disappeared on Monday, when their place in the top four was confirmed by Arsenal's defeat at Newcastle.

But with back-to-back home fixtures to finish the campaign, the Blues had a chance to end on a high before switching focus to the future - and the pressing issue of getting the club's ownership sorted.

Initially, Chelsea were sluggish, a possible hangover from their FA Cup loss, but they improved as the game wore on and were unfortunate not to take all three points.

That they didn't win was down to their inability to finish chances, a problem that has plagued them this season.

Maddison caps a fine season to boost England hopes

It has been an incredible campaign for Maddison, named Leicester's player of the season earlier this week, and enjoying his best Premier League goal return in a season, taking his tally to 11 with his striker at Stamford Bridge.

The midfielder had a spell out of the team in the early months of the campaign when he admitted he was struggling for confidence but has not looked back since returning.

In total, he has scored 17 goals in all competitions, chipping in with 11 assists, which surely will not have gone unnoticed by England boss Gareth Southgate as he plans his squad for the World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Player of the match

JamesReece James

with an average of 6.86

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Squad number6Player nameThiago SilvaAverage rating


Squad number3Player nameAlonsoAverage rating


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Squad number16Player nameMendyAverage rating


Squad number14Player nameChalobahAverage rating


Squad number22Player nameZiyechAverage rating


Squad number12Player nameLoftus-CheekAverage rating


Squad number2Player nameRüdigerAverage rating


Squad number5Player nameJorginhoAverage rating


Squad number10Player namePulisicAverage rating


Squad number28Player nameAzpilicuetaAverage rating


Squad number9Player nameLukakuAverage rating


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Squad number10Player nameMaddisonAverage rating


Squad number1Player nameSchmeichelAverage rating


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    Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text


Formation 3-4-2-1

16Mendy14Chalobah6Thiago Silva2Rüdiger24James5Jorginho7Kanté3Alonso22Ziyech10Pulisic9Lukaku

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Formation 3-1-4-2


    1Schmeichel3Fofana6EvansBooked at 64mins18Amartey24Mendy27Castagne10Maddison22Dewsbury-Hall33Thomas9VardySubstituted forPérezat 78'minutes14IheanachoSubstituted forBarnesat 63'minutes


    4Söyüncü7Barnes11Albrighton12Ward17Pérez20Choudhury21Ricardo Pereira29Daka37Lookman

Referee:Stuart AttwellAttendance:31,478Match StatsHome TeamChelseaAway TeamLeicesterPossessionHome68%Away32%ShotsHome20Away2Shots on TargetHome7Away1CornersHome6Away0FoulsHome13Away7Live TextPost update

Match ends, Chelsea 1, Leicester City 1.

90'+4'Full Time

Second Half ends, Chelsea 1, Leicester City 1.

90'+4'Post update

Foul by Marcos Alonso (Chelsea).

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Ayoze Pérez (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90'+4'Post update

Attempt blocked. Reece James (Chelsea) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

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Édouard Mendy (Chelsea) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

87'Post update

Foul by Harvey Barnes (Leicester City).

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Offside, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez tries a through ball, but Harvey Barnes is caught offside.


Jorginho (Chelsea) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

84'Post update

Foul by Jorginho (Chelsea).

84'Post update

Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

84'Post update

Foul by Kai Havertz (Chelsea).

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Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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Attempt blocked. Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Thiago Silva.


Substitution, Chelsea. Kai Havertz replaces Romelu Lukaku.


Substitution, Leicester City. Ayoze Pérez replaces Jamie Vardy.

74'Post update

Foul by Hakim Ziyech (Chelsea).

74'Post update

Wesley Fofana (Leicester City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

73'Post update

Attempt saved. Trevoh Chalobah (Chelsea) header from very close range is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Marcos Alonso with a cross.

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Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Luke Thomas.

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