Chelsea put themselves on the brink of securing a top-four finish with a dominant 2-1 victory over Leicester City at Stamford Bridge last night.
Second half goals from Antonio Rudiger, who was nothing short of outstanding at centre-back, and midfielder Jorginho sealed a vital three points for Thomas Tuchel’s side, before Leicester game themselves a glimmer of hope with just under 15 minutes remaining when Kelechi Iheanacho pounced on a rare Blues defensive error.
Nevertheless, despite the Nigerian’s 19th goal of the campaign to set up a tense finale, Chelsea held on to get the job done.
In truth, though, the biggest talking point after Iheanacho’s goal did not exactly relate to footballing matters, with the biggest flashpoint coming in the closing stages of the contest when a large-scale melee broke out on the touchline after Foxes right-back Ricardo Pereira fouled Ben Chilwell.
Almost every player and substitute got themselves involved, including goalkeepers Edouard Mendy and Kasper Schmeichel, who had sprinted over from their respective 18 yard boxes to try and extinguish the situation.
The fracas seemed to be never ending, with voices being raised and bodies being pushed and shoved. In the end, Leicester substitute Daniel Amartey, who had not even stepped off the bench, was booked by referee Mike Dean for his involvement.
Amongst all the drama that had gone, Amartey had made his way from his seat and onto the pitch to get himself involved, only for him to come face-to-face with Chelsea defender Thiago Silva.
Amartey, of course, had been under the spotlight ahead of the game after he was filmed throwing the Chelsea pennant given to Leicester ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup final at Wembley over his shoulder in the dressing room during the Foxes’ celebrations.
The video went viral online and forced the Foxes to offer Chelsea an apology for a lack of respect being shown ahead of last night’s meeting at Stamford Bridge.
Clearly, you could sense that Chelsea’s players were still aggrieved with Amartey’s actions, as Silva was pictured pointing the finger at the Leicester defender during the melee.
The image of the Brazilian doing just that was shared on social media and was soon spotted by the defender’s wife – Belle Silva – and she took a screenshot of the original tweet and said: “That’s right @tsilva3, show who’s boss,” followed by a fist emoji.
It is clear that she was relating back to the incident that happened at Wembley on Saturday, whilst offering support to her husband.
Amartey’s actions in the Wembley dressing room had caused a certain level of offence to Chelsea and the players as it showed a lack of respect towards the west London club.
Considering Chelsea leapfrogged the Foxes in the table with last night’s victory, it no doubt felt like bittersweet revenge for the Blues, who were worthy winners of all three points in the race for the UEFA Champions League.
Assessing his side’s performance after the game, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said: “It felt like a huge effort and a top performance. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a big step but it’s only a step, it’s not done yet.
“We have to get over the line on Sunday. It was a team effort full of intensity, full of hunger and ambition. We played many, many minutes with a lot of quality.
“It was in my opinion a well-deserved win but it’s not the time for praise and celebration. It’s not the time about philosophy and whether this is more than three points.”
Source by Football London