Veterans help Chelsea close on clinching PL title with win at Foxes
Jose Mourinho’s old guard of Didier Drogba and John Terry struck as Premier League champions elect Chelsea went to within one more win of the title with a 3-1 comeback victory over in-form Leicester City.
Marc Albrighton had give Nigel Pearson’s Foxes a half-time lead through a stoppage time strike, but the Blues veteran centre forward and club captain completed the turnaround before Ramires sealed three points.
Another win in front of their own fans at Stamford Bridge against Crystal Palace – a team that cost Mourinho’s men the title last term – will hand the west London outfit a first top-flight crown for five years.
Leicester’s terrific up and at them attitude from recent matches continued from the first whistle here with early openings just lacking the right final ball, but they failed to maintain their intensity in the second-half.
Leonardo Ulloa’s first touch let him down when found over the top by Esteban Cambiasso early on, though the Foxes were not knocked out of their stride despite injuries to Andy King and Robert Huth.
Chelsea survived a goalmouth scramble with Petr Cech getting down low to a Paul Konchesky effort that looked to be creeping into the bottom corner.
On the stroke of half time, however, the home team had their reward when Albrighton slotted home unmarked at the back post when Cesar Azpilicueta slipped and couldn’t cut out a left-wing Jamie Vardy cross.
This Leicester lead was short-lived, though, as Mourinho’s men levelled just three minutes after the break through 37-year-old striker Drogba. He swept home Branislav Ivanovic’s cutback with the Foxes undone from a simple throw-in.
Ex-Ivory Coast international Drogba then skied a subsequent effort following lovely interplay from Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas in the build-up.
A dozen minutes from time, the Blues completed the turnaround with skipper Terry tapping the rebound when Kasper Schmeichel could only parry Gary Cahill’s downward header from a corner.
Ramires then rifled in emphatically when found by Fabregas to round off victory with eight minutes left. It’s not the Brazilian who makes headlines, however, but Drogba, twice signed by Mourinho, and his onfield lieutenant Terry, who could lift the Premier League trophy before this week ends.