Leicester clinched the title following Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham on May 2, and the Foxes were welcomed onto the pitch with warm ovation from the home fans at Stamford Bridge today. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri, Blues manager from 2000 to 2004, receiving a positive response from all at the Bridge.
Kasper Schmeichel produced excellent saves to keep Willian and Cesc Fabregas out in the first half, before Jamie Vardy fired off target from 20 yards in the 13th minute, but Riyad Mahrez set him up for a better chance midway through the half.
With the clock showing 26 minutes, Stamford Bridge turned their attention away from the pitch.
John Terry’s name rang out, along with placards showing his name and number, prompting a show of appreciation from the suspended captain – who was offered an extension to his expiring contract earlier this week. Both teams went into the half goalless.
In the second half Chelsea were given an opportunity thanks to a substitute Jeffrey Schlupp bringing down Nemanja Matic inside the box. Fabregas converted from the spot. However, the Blues victory was denied as Leicester’s Danny Drinkwater slotted in a 82nd minute goal that drew things to 1-1. With 8 minutes to go Chelsea struggled to create chances and the game ended in a draw.
Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, was unfortunately not given a winning send-off before Antonio Conte takes the reins next season.
CHELSEA 1-1 LEICESTER CITY
Venue: Stamford Bridge
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Baba; Fabregas, Matic; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Traore.
Substitutes: Begovic, Oscar, Pato, Kenedy, Loftus-Cheek, Abraham, Tomori.
Manager: Guus Hiddink
Leicester (4-2-3-1): Schmeichel; Simpson, Wasilewski, Morgan, Fuchs; Drinkwater, Kante; Gray, King, Mahrez; Vardy.
Substitutes: Albrighton, Amartey, Schlupp, Okazaki, Ulloa, Chilwell, Schwarzer.
Manager: Claudio Ranieri