Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea: Mahrez wizardry puts Foxes back atop Premier League (video)
Let’s just say it: Leicester might just be for real, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is in real, real trouble.
The schedule has been kind to the Foxes, sure, but Leicester keeps winning and is back atop the Premier League after an 2-1 win over Chelsea at King Power Stadium on Monday.
Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez linked up again to take the Foxes to a 1-0 first half lead, and the Algerian picked up one of his own soon after halftime.
Loic Remy scored for the Blues. And we have to ask: Could this be it for Mourinho at Stamford Bridge?
Leicester City is two points ahead of Arsenal and a remarkable 18 points above No. 16 Chelsea.
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Both teams traded possessions with precious bits of play inside the 18s, and Chelsea had to contend with an injury to Eden Hazard. Mourinho tabbed Pedro to replace him.
That’s when Vardy’s well-timed run between John Terry and Kurt Zouma was met by another gorgeous cross off the foot of Mahrez. As easy as you like, the Foxes led 1-0.[ MORE: Latest Premier League standings ]
6 - Jamie Vardy has now scored in six consecutive home Premier League appearances for Leicester City. Running.
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Then Mahrez worked Cesar Azpilicueta right, then left, then right and left again before belting a shot past Thibaut Courtois. Where was the help?!?
Chelsea pulled within a goal when Pedro sent in a beautiful cross for Remy to head past Kaspar Schmeichel. But the Foxes held their nerves for the final minutes.