Chelsea 2

Defeat was expected for Leicester, yet manager Nigel Pearson departed with regrets, saying: ”It was a very encouraging performance and I’m disappointed we couldn’t convert that into points.

”We showed we are a very capable side with talented players, and the good thing is that we were positive and created chances throughout the game and made their keeper work.

”For the most part we played very well today.”

True enough. But you have to take your chances when they come, and that is why Diego Costa will prove so precious for Chelsea.

MAN of MATCH: Branislav Ivanovic – superb work in defence and attack from the ever-reliable full-back.

CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Hazard, Oscar (Willian 69), Schurrle (Ramires 63); Costa (Drogba 80).

LEICESTER: Schmeichel; De Laet, Morgan, Moore, Konchesky; Mahrez (Albrighton 68), King, Hammond (Taylor-Fletcher 73), Schlupp; Ulloa (Wood 84); Nugent.