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Player ratings from Chelsea’s disappointing 2-1 loss at Leicester


during the Barclays Premier League match between Leicester City and Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on December14, 2015 in Leicester, United Kingdom.

Laurence Griffiths

This scheduled post was a lot less interesting when it first appeared on my docket than it is now that Chelsea has fallen 2-1 to Leicester City on Monday at King Power Stadium.

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Player ratings are usually a dicey proposition, even more so when a legendary English club is underachieving in relatively-massive proportions.

So let’s dig it, debate, and move on.


Kaspar Schmeichel -- 7 -- Big stop on Costa to keep game in Leicester’s favor.

Danny Simpson -- 6.5 -- Just kept backing off Pedro, who is a good ball-crosser Danny, and sure enough Chelsea scored on the play.

Wes Morgan -- 7.5 -- The big back is a big factor in Leicester’s run to the top of the table.

Robert Huth -- 5 -- What happened on Chelsea’s goal, Robert? Otherwise solid.

Christian Fuchs -- 6 -- An overlooked key component of Leicester’s success, but could’ve done something on the Remy goal.

Danny Drinkwater -- 6 -- Fine. Still among the best names in soccer.

Riyad Mahrez -- 9.5 -- Could’ve been a 10, but where was the added insurance goal? We mostly kid.

N’Golo Kante -- 7.5 -- Another of the Foxes’ clever pests, he was a strong man in 50/50 battles.

Marc Albrighton -- 6.5 -- Not his best night, but still served up some good crosses and smart passes.

Leonardo Ulloa -- 7 -- His strength is a huge asset when deployed correctly, and that was done today.

Jamie Vardy -- 8 -- The pesky, industrious Englishman netted another goal with a well-timed run.

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Thibaut Courtois -- 6 -- Not sure what he’s supposed to do on either of the goals, but can’t give better than a six when two goals cross the line.

Cesar Azpilicueta -- 4 -- Someone needed to help this guy out of the jam provided by Riyad Mahrez’s Pac Man-like back-and-forth for the second goal. Alas, no one did. Baba, anyone?

John Terry -- 3.5 -- He’s badly regressed, was bewitched by Mahrez, and lost Vardy for the goal.

Kurt Zouma -- 5 -- Could’ve saved Terry’s bacon on the Vardy goal, and surely did not.

Branislav Ivanovic -- 5 -- His crossing’s been hit-and-miss this season, but overall he’s been the best choice at right back.

Ramires -- 4 -- Honestly, I forgot he played until I had to proffer a rating.

Nemanja Matic -- 6 -- Seemed out of the loop, but looked good when he was involved with the play.

Willian -- 6 -- He’s been one of Jose Mourinho’s only bright spots, but was relatively dim on the day.

Oscar -- 5 -- Far from miserable, and looked lively enough at times. Too inconsistent to be a focal point of a Premier League team.

Eden Hazard -- INC -- Injured upon the half-hour, Mourinho would’ve handed out a subpar grade.

Pedro -- 7 -- Came close to scoring, and provided the cross that Loic Remy knocked home.

Diego Costa -- 3.5 -- Nothing more than a pest, he’s failing to finish chances in surprising fashion.

Remy -- 7 -- Scored the goal, and deserves a start. Succeeded with consistent playing time at Newcastle.

Cesc Fabregas -- 6 -- His entrance into the game gave Chelsea life, and Mourinho deserves a nod for the tactical maneuver.

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