Leicester City claimed top position in the ongoing 2020/2021 English Premier League (EPL) on Tuesday with a 2-0 win against the Blues at the King Power Stadium.
Wilfred Ndidi fired the hosts forward after six minutes and James Maddison added the second four minutes before half time to secure the victory.
Leicester City, shock champions in 2016, are currently ahead of previous leaders Manchester United by one point with a total of 38 points, while Chelsea have slipped to eighth place on 29 points.
Manchester United have a game close by on Leicester City while Manchester City are third, three points behind the leading club, Leicester City, having played two matches less.
Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers played down their position by saying it’s “very much early” to refer to them as Premier League title contenders.
“Nobody is going through the motions; however, it shows in the initial segment of the season consistency has been good and performance levels have been exceptionally high,” Rodgers said.
“We looked exceptionally dangerous in the game. Two very good goals. We truly merited it.”
Chelsea was shocked from the beginning against Leicester City when Ndidi’s strike from the edge of the penalty box slammed off the post to place the hosts in charge of the game.
Chelsea was given a penalty kick when Jonny Evans tripped Christian Pulisic, but the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) ruled the foul was outside the area.
“I thought it was a penalty kick however I’m not going to incline toward those things. We weren’t the better side,” Lampard said.
“Disappointing goal from a set-piece and the second goal is simply insufficient.”
Leicester City pounced moments after the penalty kick occurrence when Maddison clipped a half-volley past Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to double Chelsea’s hopelessness before the half time.
The visitors were all in a tight spot 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 just winning twice from their last eight games, Lampard conceded he is “worried about the slump.”
“It’s a young team and it’s a big lesson,” he added. “You must get yourself out of the hole.” (dpa/NAN)