Chelsea continued their resurgence after the opening day shocker against Burnley with a third straight win as they beat Leicester City 2-1 at the King Power Stadium.
Alvaro Morata continued his bright start with yet another headed goal and N’Golo Kante doubled Chelsea’s advantage with a rare goal.
Jamie Vardy won and converted a penalty to give Chelsea a nervy final few minutes but in the end, Chelsea managed to just hold on for the win.
Here are a few talking points from the match:
1) Morata’s brilliant start continues
Real Madrid might be left to wonder if they made a mistake selling the striker as they struggle to find wins in the La Liga.
The Spaniard has now 3 goals in 4 games and he is yet to score with his feet.
He makes impressive runs to stretch the play and he could prove to be one of the signings of the summer if he works on his strength and finishing with his feet.
2) Harry Maguire looks like a bargain
The former Hull City defender already looks a bargain as he is putting in some decent displays. His strength was too much to cope with for Morata and he also often brings the ball out from the back with his marauding runs.
The defender has already earned his first international call-up and go on to become a great player in the future.
3) Kante shows his class
N’Golo Kante was deservedly crowned PFA player of the year last term as he won back to back titles after swapping Leicester for Chelsea.
Leicester players and fans appreciate his talents as much as anyone. And the midfield dynamo underlined his class back at the King Power with a fine low right-foot shot into the bottom corner from outside the box in the 50th minute to make it 2-0.
4) Leicester’s difficult start
Within the first 4 game weeks, Leicester has had to face Arsenal and United away and Chelsea at home and they have got no points to show for their efforts in these games. They gave Chelsea and Arsenal a run for their money but returned empty-handed but atleast they can be thankful for the fact that 3 big fixtures are out of their way now. Leicester play Huddersfield, Liverpool in their next two after which they have a relatively decent run of games to show their talent.
5) Selection dilemma incoming for Conte
With Hazard back fit finally, Conte will be faced with a dilemma over whom he has to select. Does he revert back to 3-4-3 with Hazard and Willian/Pedro on the flanks? Or does he continue with the impressive Bakayoko Kante partnership with Cesc Fabregas in the hole and Hazard as a second striker?
With Cahill back from suspension, Rudiger could make way too if Conte wishes to draft his captain back in.
Zappacosta is also knocking on the doors to replace Moses.
Conte could set up an experimental line-up against Qarabag FK in the Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge and use that performance to decide who will start in the crunch London derby next week against Arsenal.