Thomas Tuchel’s side will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the table as the Foxes look to bounce back from the international break with a win.
This week we look back to Leicester’s famous FA Cup win back in May 2021. They won the competition for the first time after previously being runners-up four times.
Cagey first half
As expected, chances were few and far between in a cagey first half. Neither side had a shot on target in the opening 45 minutes, and both defences were tightly compact – not allowing one the chance to get ahead early on.
It was the first time in over a year that many fans had been inside a football ground, with 20,000 fans in attendance.
Chelsea did threaten more than Leicester in the first half, with Timo Werner causing trouble on the right hand side.
Foxes fans would have been ever so nervous anyway, and to add even more pressure – Jonny Evans limped off after half an hour forcing Rodgers into a slight change of system. Leicester legend Marc Albrighton came on to replace the Northern Irishman allowing for Timothy Castagne to drop into the right hand side of a back three.
That Tielemans goal
The match seemed to open up dramatically after the break, and Leicester grew into it more and more as the minutes went on.
Attacking the goal where their fans were situated would have gave them a whole lot of confidence as a sea of blue shirts stood on and watched in awe.
Leicester were thriving now, pressing with intent. Tuchel’s men looked worried, they were on the back foot. Everything continued to open up, and it was Youri Tielemans who was the man of the moment.
He fizzed a beautiful strike from range into the top corner, Kepa Arrizabalaga was nowhere to be seen, and realistically it might have taken three goalkeepers to even get close to the ball.
The strike was that good, that clean. Leicester were on their way to lifting the FA Cup for the first time.
Chelsea thought they equalised late on but VAR ruled out Ben Chilwell’s effort out for offside, the former Foxes man couldn’t believe it when he put the ball in the back of the net, and ran off in celebration – all for it to not count.
They ended up falling at the final hurdle for the second season in a row. The first team to do so since 1999.
It was a nervy ending to the game for Leicester and they had to rely on some world-class Kasper Schmeichel saves to keep them ahead in the game.