Leicester City and Chelsea finally meet this afternoon at 4pm in the FA Cup Quarter Finals. The game itself may be a few months later than we were expecting, but that doesn’t make it any less important!
With less than 12 hours ago, now would seem an appropriate time to put together a list of some of our finer moments in our fixtures with the Foxes.
So, without further-ado, here are my top 5 moments between Chelsea and Leicester City:
5. Leicester City 1-2 Chelsea (2018)
Well, where better to start than the last time the two sides met in the FA Cup in March 2018?
In what was a difficult season in the Premier League for Chelsea, Antonio Conte’s side narrowly missed out on top 4. However, their FA Cup campaign was a shining beacon of light.
In a tightly contested game on a freezing-cold day, it was Pedro who proved to be the difference for Chelsea as he beat a stranded Kasper Schmeichel to the ball in extra time. Despite having no right to be an aerial threat at the tender height of 5ft7, the Spaniard headed the ball with the confidence of a towering centre-forward and the extra-time goal was enough to send Chelsea through to a Wembley Semi-Final against Southampton.
A 2-0 victory followed and an Eden Hazard penalty was all that separated Chelsea and Manchester United in the final as the Blues ran out victorious for their eighth FA Cup trophy.
4. Leicester City 2-4 Chelsea (2016)
We’ve had a bit of FA Cup action, so what better time to have a look at the last time the sides met in the League Cup.
Back in September 2016, the sides met in Antonio Conte’s first season in West London and the resultant game was undoubtedly the fixture of the round as the two previous Premier League Champions met at the King Power Stadium.
Two Cesc Fabregas goals won it in extra time for the visiting side, but the game will always be remembered for a thunderous César Azpilicueta volley from outside the area which flew into the top-right corner.
He may be a defender, but don’t ever doubt that Spanish flair.
3. Leicester City 1-3 Chelsea (2015)
With Leicester looking likely candidates for relegation baring a miracle (which we now know did happen!), Chelsea headed into this game knowing that three points would leave them just one win away from their 4th Premier League title.
Despite a poor start to the season, this Leicester side remained competitive and refused to go down without a fight and certainly made the game harder than Chelsea could have ever imagined.
Despite initially going a goal down at the end of the first half, Chelsea came out firing. Goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and a stunning long-range effort from Ramires eventually secured all three points andthe brink of Premier League glory.
2. N’Golo Kanté
Hold on, this isn’t a game between Chelsea and Leicester?
A total of six players have featured for both Chelsea and Leicester City in the Premier League. But, there is no doubt that one player stands head and shoulders above the others. (Not literally!)
Upon signing for the Midlands side from Caen in August 2015, who could’ve possibly predicted the impact the French Midfielder would have on both the league and world football itself!
Yet here we are… two Premier League Titles, an FA Cup, a World Cup and a Europa League later.
The Frenchman has been nothing short of sensational in his five years in England and will always be loved by fans of both clubs.
- Chelsea 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur (2016)
Here we have it, the pièce de résistance in the history of the two clubs and Leicester aren’t even playing.
Known as the “Battle of the Bridge”, the Blues knew that a point against Tottenham would eliminate them from the title race and hand Leicester the Premier League title.
What followed was a roller-coaster of emotions. Despite being two goals up at half-time, Tottenham began to unravel against a spirited Chelsea side. The match quickly turned into a battlefield. The title was confirmed by a brilliant, curling Eden Hazard shot from the edge of the box which prompted wild celebrations around the country at the confirmation of one of sports most unlikely stories.
So there we have it, my top 5 moments between Chelsea and Leicester. With so many great moments between the teams it wasn’t easy to choose. Who knows, if we’re lucky we might see a new entry into this tomorrow!