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Pulisic back among goals as leaders Chelsea stroll past Leicester

LEICESTER, England, Nov 20 (Reuters) – American ahead Christian Pulisic was back among the goals as Premier League leaders Chelsea prolonged their benefit on the high of the desk to 6 factors with a cushty 3-0 win at Leicester City on Saturday.

The guests raced right into a two-goal lead inside 28 minutes after Antonio Rudiger climbed highest from a nook to move house and N’Golo Kante arrowed in a uncommon objective.

Leicester improved after the break, however Chelsea remained in management and put the sport to mattress when Pulisic, who has endured a irritating, injury-interrupted season, stepped off the bench and scored within the 71st minute.

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The victory, Chelsea’s fifth from six away league video games this season, moved the Blues onto 29 factors, six away from second-placed champions Manchester City, who play West Ham United on Sunday.

Leicester, who’ve for therefore lengthy been top-four challengers within the Premier League, are properly off the tempo in twelfth after their fifth lack of the season.

“It was a good performance and we could’ve finished the game earlier,” Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel mentioned. “There are still things to improve, decision making and conversion, but it was a mature performance and we needed it.

Chelsea started brightly, with former Leicester full back Ben Chilwell denied by the crossbar early on.

The goal that gave the visitors the lead was always likely to come via one route though: Coming into the match, no side had scored Premier League goals with headers this season than Chelsea, and no team has conceded more via headers than Leicester. Sure enough, some slack Leicester marking allowed Rudiger in to head home.

It was all too easy for Chelsea thereafter, with Leicester, who beat the Blues in their previous two meetings – last season’s FA Cup final and a Premier League victory at the King Power in January – offering no response.

With Leicester also allowing far too much space ahead of them, Kante took advantage to make it two, given time to carry the ball to the edge of the home penalty area before firing in.

It took the hosts until the 58th minute to create a shot on or off target, with substitute James Maddison shooting straight at Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, before Daniel Amartey did actually force Mendy into a fine stop.

Chelsea’s strength in depth was clear for all to see as two substitutes combined to put the game to bed, as Hakim Ziyech fed Pulisic, who scored his first Blues goal since August at the near post.

It could have been more, with Chelsea having three goals ruled out for offside, and would not have been undeserved, given their dominance at the King Power.

“The perspective is wonderful however confidence isn’t the place it has been,” Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers said. “It is my job to carry that back, it has been tough for us this season however that duty begins with me so I’ve to discover a resolution for it.”

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Reporting by Peter Hall; Editing by Hugh Lawson

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Chelsea - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - November 20, 2021 Chelsea's Thiago Silva in action with Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Chelsea - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - November 20, 2021 Chelsea's Christian Pulisic scores their third goal REUTERS/Ian Walton

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City v Chelsea - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - November 20, 2021 Chelsea's Christian Pulisic celebrates scoring their third goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

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