Chelsea came away from a crucial game against Leicester City with a point after the two sides, who are both fighting to stay in the Champions League positions played out an entertaining 2-2 draw at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A brace from Antonio Rudiger an unlikely source for goals, first put Chelsea in front and then pulled them back from behind in the second half as the game twisted and turned.
After going behind, Leicester hit back with goals from Harvey Barnes and Ben Chilwell, but Rudiger’s second of the game ensured that Frank Lampard’s team wouldn’t head back to Stamford Bridge empty handed.
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The result leaves Chelsea eight points of adrift of their opponents, and five points above fifth placed Sheffield United, as the Blues begin to look over their shoulder.
So, what did the national media make of the match and the performance of Chelsea?
The Guardian’s Paul Doyal had an assessment of where the result left both teams. “The result leaves Brendan Rodgers’ side relatively comfortable in third place, eight points above fourth-placed Chelsea, who can feel the breath of the chasing pack on their backs,” he worte.
Lampard has previously hinted of his frustration at the lack of transfer activity at Chelsea over January.
“Lampard’s angst cannot have been eased by the profligacy of players other than Rüdiger, especially in a first half in which Chelsea’s lack of sharpness in front of goal prevented them from taking a lead they would have deserved,” wrote Doyal.
It was two goals from Antonio Rudiger, each side of Leicester’s two goals that earned Chelsea a point, but, his first goal only seemed to kick the Blues’ opponents into life.
“If he [Rudiger] hoped his attacking team-mates had taken note of his emphatic finish, Rüdiger would…