Leicester City moved top of the Premier League table by comfortably beating Chelsea 2-0 at the King Power Stadium.

Leicester have 38 points from 19 games but Manchester United, on 37 points, can return to the top with a victory at Fulham on Wednesday.

The hosts struck the first blow as Wilfred Ndidi struck a volley from outside the box. The shot hit the post and found its way in, leaving Mendy no chance of saving it. The Foxes gained a 1-0 lead in the 6th minute.

The second goal came 4 minutes before halftime as James Maddison continued his run behind Reece James and placed the ball in the bottom corner to double the lead for Brendan Rodgers’ men.

Leicester City ended the day top of the Premier League table having played as many as 19 games of the season for the first time since the final day of their title-winning 2015-16 campaign

For Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, every game is a must-win as he battles to save his job. Tonight’s clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium is no different.

The Blues have won just two of their last seven top-flight fixtures and currently sit seventh in the Premier League table. Given the £200 million-plus investment in the squad in the summer, it’s not what was expected.

Frank Lampard:  “We were beaten by a better team. They were sharper than us, ran more than us, showed moments of quality, they look a team in form, we look a team out of form.

“It’s a loss. It’s a small step backwards. I’m worried. We should be better than five losses in eight.”

Brendan Rodgers’: “It was a very good performance. As a team collectively we were excellent. A real threat. “Harvey Barnes was sensational, really exciting. I thought we really deserved it. The players have won a lot of games against the big opponents. They showed a lot of maturity. It was a really good, professional performance.”

“It sounds nice, the top of the Premier League! Probably for only 24 hours, but it’s a good one psychologically because we’ve worked hard and it’s halfway through the season now and we’re sitting top. Leicester’s man-of-the-match James Maddison to Sky Sports.

You can’t carry anyone in this league. We want to stay up there. That team spirit will continue, and we’ll try to stay up there.” Maddison added.

Leicester will play away at Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday at 2.15pm before returning to Premier League action at Everton on Wednesday January 27; kick-off 8.15pm.


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