At the end of an absorbing game in which a draw was the fairest result, Chelsea’s hero made a deliberate point of walking straight to the man he had saved from considerable embarrassment.
Antonio Rudiger, scorer of two clinical headers, walked purposefully towards Willy Caballero once referee Lee Mason’s whistle went and embraced the goalkeeper who was at fault for Leicester’s second goal.
The pointed gesture, with a TV camera tracking the centre back, was clear for everyone to see but when the dust settles Frank Lampard’s decision to give the 38-year-old his first Premier League start in 11 months in place of the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, can only be considered a misstep.
Kepa’s form has been unquestionably shaky and while Lampard’s willingness and bravery to make big calls can be admired this particular switch felt like a step too far.
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Caballero had little to do before his bizarre decision to go walkabout in the run-up to Ben Chilwell’s goal, putting Leicester in front before Rudiger’s magnificent second header drew Chelsea level.
His decision to chase after an overhit Chilwell cross from the left seemed foolish from the moment he left his goal unguarded. Ricardo Pereira was always going to get there first and by the time the right back had pulled the ball back to Youri Tielemans, who then swiftly found Chilwell, a second Leicester goal had felt inevitable.
When the Argentine, who is a year older than Petr Cech, eventually made it back to his goal he struck the frame in anger. Kepa, meanwhile, remained stony-faced in the dugout.
Asked if Caballero was at fault, Lampard wanted to place the blame on the collective. “Not in my opinion, no,” the head coach said. “As the ball travels in the cross, it is a miss-hit cross, he follows that and moves back towards his goal when he realises he…