It was a quiet Stamford Bridge ahead of Thursday night’s kick-off. Chelsea welcomed Leicester City to their stadium for the penultimate game of the Premier League season, knowing they had already secured a place in the top four after Arsenal’s defeat of the week.
So it’s understandable that it was a bit flat at the bridge. Not to mention the chaos off the pitch that has been going on at the club for the past few months or so.
Only a brilliant display from Chelsea could lift spirits in west London. In truth, however, it was anything but that.
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Chelsea started the game very slowly, which has become almost the norm in recent home games. Leicester took the lead after six minutes with a superb shot from James Maddison from outside the box – and gave Edouard Mendy absolutely no chance.
However, the Blues equalized almost half an hour later when Marcos Alonso fired home from a fantastic pass from Reece James. It was typically a great assist from James who recorded his seventh game of the Premier League season with one game of the season remaining.
Despite some pressing in the second half without creating too many clear chances, Chelsea, like Leicester, couldn’t find the winner. So with all that said football.london takes a look at some perhaps unseen moments from Thursday night’s 90 minutes at Stamford Bridge…
Todd Boehly’s consortium appears to have come closer than ever to the long-awaited takeover of Chelsea Football Club. The American could be announced as new owners by the end of this month after his consortium struck a deal with the Blues to become the club’s new ownership group.
For the second consecutive Premier League game at Stamford Bridge, Boehly was present to watch his soon-to-be new side. He has now seen two draws and is still waiting for his first win while attending the game.
There was one moment, however, that the American billionaire enjoyed, and it was plain to see. Boehly got up jubilantly after Alonso equalized in the first half.
Chelsea supporters on social media were delighted to see how much the moment meant to Boehly, who was clearly delighted. It would have been nice if the American had reacted to a winning goal.
Thiago Silva has once again been imperious for Chelsea this season. Earlier in the season, the 37-year-old defender signed a one-year contract extension so luckily for the Blues supporters he will be back at Stamford Bridge next season.
Thursday saw another good defensive display from Silva but it was what he did on the ball that caught football.london‘s eyes. The Brazilian often picks up the ball in the middle of the back three and tries to pass it to the midfielders or attackers to launch offensive moves for Chelsea.
However, he was limited in that against Leicester and the defender’s frustration was plain to see. There were few opportunities for Silva to get the ball forward from the back three and he could be seen waving his arms, visibly annoyed at his teammates’ lack of movement.
Silva would normally just pass him to Antonio Rudiger or Trevoh Chalobah and the ball would then likely go to either James or Alonso at full-back positions. Chelsea needed Jorginho to fall deep more often and collect the ball from Silva, then try to launch an attack for the hosts.