Chelsea’s English striker Tammy Abraham (2L) misses an opportunity at aim in the course of the English Premier League soccer match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on February 1, 2020. Adrian DENNIS / AFP
Antonio Rudiger rescued Chelsea because the German defender’s second aim of the sport earned a 2-2 draw towards top-four rivals Leicester on Saturday.
Rudiger put Chelsea forward early within the second half on the King Power Stadium earlier than Harvey Barnes and Ben Chilwell scored in fast succession to provide Leicester the lead.
An exhilarating second half climaxed when Rudiger turned the primary defender to attain a brace for Chelsea within the Premier League since John Terry towards Fulham in 2013.
Third-placed Leicester may very well be extra sanguine concerning the end result as they sit eight factors away from fourth-placed Chelsea, who’ve now received simply one among their final 5 league video games.
Frustrated that Chelsea did not make any signings in the course of the window, Blues boss Frank Lampard claims his staff are actually underdogs within the race to qualify for subsequent season’s Champions League by way of a top-four end.
Depending on Manchester United and Tottenham’s outcomes, Lampard’s prediction may look prescient by the conclusion of the weekend’s motion.
Showing his irritation with Chelsea’s spluttering kind, Lampard dropped Kepa Arrizabalaga after some error-prone shows from Chelsea’s keeper, with 38-year-old Willy Caballero making his first league look since May.
Chelsea began on the entrance foot and Tammy Abraham appealed for a penalty when he was challenged by Caglar Soyuncu, however referee Lee Mason after which VAR each rejected the declare.
Jamie Vardy was again from harm however Leicester’s 17-goal main scorer hadn’t netted in his final 4 league video games and he wasted a superb probability to place the hosts forward when he burst onto Ayoze Perez’s chest down within the penalty space, solely to shoot straight at Caballero.
Pedro went shut with a intelligent chip from the sting of the realm which Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel tipped over at full stretch.
Leicester have been shocked by their late League Cup semi-final defeat towards Aston Villa in midweek and so they regarded low on confidence at instances.
Hamza Choudhury ought to have headed Leicester in entrance on the stroke of half-time however, befitting their scrappy exhibiting, the midfielder couldn’t hold his close-range effort heading in the right direction.
Choudhury was at fault once more when Chelsea snatched the lead within the forty sixth minute.
When Mason Mount swung a nook in the direction of the far put up, Choudhury misjudged his leap and Rudiger bought behind him to go in from shut vary.
It was the right means for the German defender to mark his a hundredth Chelsea look as he scored solely his fifth aim for the Blues.
But Chelsea’s defence stays removed from impregnable and Leicester hit again to equalise eight minutes later.
James Maddison discovered Youri Tielemans and the Belgian’s pinpoint move despatched Barnes racing away down the left-wing.
Cutting again into the Chelsea space, Barnes tried his luck with a low strike that took a deflection off Andreas Christensen and looped over Caballero into the online for the winger’s fourth aim in his final six video games.
Chelsea conceded once more within the sixty fourth minute as extra sloppy defending allowed Leicester to comb by way of.
Caballero rashly rushed off his line in a failed try to succeed in an over-hit cross and Chilwell was left unmarked within the space to fireplace residence from Tielemans’ move.
To their credit score, Chelsea didn’t throw within the towel and Rudiger equalised within the 71st minute, the center-back rising above Chilwell to energy an excellent header over Schmeichel from Mount’s free-kick.
Leicester ought to have received it however Jonny Evans headed broad from six yards earlier than Barnes flicked previous the far put up from shut vary.