Leicester - Chelsea took another step towards winning the English Premier League
title as second half goals from Didier Drogba, John Terry and Ramires
helped them overturn a half-time deficit to win 3-1 at in-form Leicester
Jose Mourinho's side can now secure the crown if they beat
Crystal Palace on Sunday after overcoming a scare against a side who
looked far from relegation contenders on this evidence.
who had won their previous four games, struck just before the break
through Marc Albrighton and looked value for their lead until Chelsea
raised their game in the second half.
The visitors opted to start
with Petr Cech in goal with Thibaut Courtois not 100 percent fit while
Diego Costa missed out with 37-year-old Drogba handed only his sixth
league start of the season.
Leicester were unchanged and not surprisingly, given their form, they started well in front of a passionate home crowd.
Jamie Vardy headed straight at Cech from Albrighton's cross before the former's snapshot from 25 yards just missed the target.
Cambiasso's intelligent long ball then found Leonardo Ulloa but the
Argentine striker could not get a clean touch to take him through on
Chelsea should have taken the lead though when Willian ran
down the left and pulled the ball back for Drogba but his tame effort
from 12 yards hit Marcin Wasilewski.
Leicester were dealt a blow
when midfielder Andy King, on his 300th appearance for the club, was
forced off with an early knock and replaced by Matty James.
hosts shortly afterwards suffered another injury with Robert Huth coming
off after an innocuous challenge at a corner with Ritchie De Laet
coming on to necessitate a switch to a flat back four.
Those disruptions destroyed Leicester's early rhythm and Chelsea came closer to the opener with Drogba firing wide on the turn.
However Nigel Pearson's side shut out the danger and Danny Drinkwater's long ranger was the next chance which went just over.
might have taken the lead shortly afterwards as Albrighton's shot was
deflected onto the post right footed by Paul Konchesky prompting a mass
goalmouth scramble involving Cambiasso and Albrighton.
took the lead in stoppage time as James fed Vardy down the left and
Cesar Azpilicueta slipped on the wet surface for Albrighton to slot in
his first goal for Leicester and first since 2012.
Chelsea though regrouped at half-time and were level within three minutes of the restart.
Ivanovic cut in down the right and crossed for Drogba to finish in cool
fashion and it prompted an emotional celebration at his first goal of
Drogba could have had a second as he twice went close, the first time blazing over and then firing over from a good position.
James' deflected shot raised the tempo for Leicester but it was Chelsea who came into the game late as the hosts tired.
deflected shot forced a 79th-minute Cesc Fabregas corner. Gary Cahill's
back header was superbly saved by Kasper Schmeichel but Terry reacted
quickest to scramble home his seventh goal of the season.
was over as a contest four minutes later as Fabregas pull back was
driven how with power by Ramires while visiting fans were ironically
singing "boring, boring Chelsea", mocking taunts from Arsenal supporters
during the goalless draw on Sunday.