Leicester moved back to the top of the Premier League with a stunning 2-1 victory over champions Chelsea on Monday Night Football.
Goals either side of half-time from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were enough to secure the points, despite Loic Remy’s header and a late rally from Chelsea, to leave Jose Mourinho’s side one point above the relegation zone.
It was a cagey start, with both teams well aware of the game’s importance – Leicester knowing they could move ahead of Arsenal and Manchester City to return to the summit, while the reigning champions were desperate to make up ground on their rivals.
There was a worrying moment for Chelsea after 12 minutes, when Thibaut Courtois fumbled a simple cross to give the hosts a chance to open the scoring. He gathered at the second time of asking, but it was symptomatic of the Blues’ stuttering season so far.
Both sides were forced into early changes, with Danny Drinkwater and Eden Hazard picking up injures after fairly innocuous challenges.
The Leicester midfielder was replaced by Andy King midway through the first half after pulling his hamstring, and Hazard had to make way for Pedro after appearing to injure his hip just a few minutes later.
The match came to life shortly after the half-hour mark, when Leicester took the lead from another counter-attack. Unsurprisingly, it was Mahrez and Vardy linking up again, with the England striker grabbing his 15th league goal of the season.
Right winger Mahrez, so impressive this season, fired in a dangerous ball from the right, with Vardy well placed to get in between John Terry and Kurt Zouma. He knocked it past a helpless Courtois to give the Foxes the lead, as chants of “we are top of the league” rang around the King Power Stadium.