Super Eagles midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi opened the scoring as Leicester City claimed top spot in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday with a 2-0 win against Chelsea at the King Power Stadium.
Ndidi fired the hosts in front after six minutes with an unstoppable drive from outside the box.
James Maddison added the second four minutes before half time to secure the triumph. Leicester City, shock champions in 2016, are now ahead of previous leaders Manchester United by one point; with a total of 38 points, while Chelsea have slipped to eighth on 29 points.
However, Manchester United have a game in hand on Leicester City while Manchester City are third; three points behind the leaders having played two matches less.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers played down their position by saying it’s “too early” to call them title contenders.
“No one is jumping through hoops. But it shows in the first part of the season consistency has been good and performance levels have been very high,” Rodgers said.
“We looked very dangerous in the game. Two very good goals. We really deserved it.”
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Chelsea were stunned from the start against Leicester City when Ndidi struck from the edge of the penalty box. His effort crashed in off the post to put the hosts in charge. Frank Lampard’s men were given a penalty kick when Jonny Evans tripped Christian Pulisic. However, the video assistant referee (VAR) ruled the foul was outside the area.
“I thought it was a penalty kick but I’m not going to lean on those things. We weren’t good enough,” Lampard said.
“Disappointing goal [to lose] from a set-piece and the second goal is just not good enough.”
Leicester City pounced moments after the penalty kick incident. Maddison clipped a half-volley past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to double Chelsea’s misery before the break. The visitors were all out of luck in the second half and they were thwarted by VAR again in the 85th minute when Timo Werner’s goal was ruled out for offside.
With Chelsea only winning twice from their last eight games, Lampard admitted he is “worried about the slump.”
“It’s a young team and it’s a big lesson,” he added. “You’ve got to get yourself out of the hole.”
West Ham United moved up to seventh as Michail Antonio’s second-half strike earned a 2-1 home victory against West Bromwich Albion. Jarrod Bowen put the Hammers ahead on the stroke of half time. The goal came when he directed Vladimir Coufal’s cross into the net with his chest.
Matheus Pereira levelled early in the second half with a long range strike. But Antonio sealed the win on 66 minutes with a close-range volley.