Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi ended his goal-scoring drought in fine style on Tuesday night.
The Nigerian couldn’t have chosen a better game to return to scoring ways for City as he opened the scoring with a superbly hit strike with his weaker left foot from outside the box.
It took six minutes for Harvey Barnes to set up the 24-year-old anchor who opened the scoring before English midfielder James Madison sealed all three points with a 41st minute well placed strike into the bottom corner after being nicely set-up by Mark Albrighton.
Leicester City went into the game two points behind long leaders Manchester United and they knew that victory at King Power Stadium would shoot them to top spot for the first time this season. After 19 Premier League games, the Foxes are now top of the standings – a point ahead of second-placed United.
This was a third straight victory for Rodgers after the Irishman guided his side to victories against Southampton and Newcastle United prior to hosting the London club.
Ndidi had not scored a goal in 37 appearances for the former English champions with his last goal dating back to 2019 when City thumped Newcastle United 5-0. Since returning from injury, the former KRC Genk midfielder has reclaimed his starting berth and he has been putting in some stellar performances in the middle of the park.
While the anchor played 90 minutes, his countryman Kelechi Iheanacho made a cameo appearance coming on for Jamie Vardy with two minutes left on the clock.
Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech was introduced after 67 minutes for Chelsea and could have had an assist after his beautiful cross was converted by German striker Timo Werner, but the goal was ruled out for offside. Senegalese goalkeeper Edouard Mendy failed to keep a clean sheet for Chelsea after another start between the posts for Frank Lampard’s side.
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