CHELSEA 3 - 0 LEICESTER

Chelsea tame the champions

The Blues cruised to a comfortable win over Ranieri's side courtesy of goals from Diego Costa, Hazard and Moses.

Chelsea tame the champions
GLYN KIRK AFP

Chelsea comfortably beat reigning champions Leicester 3-0at Stamford Bridge. Diego Costa put the 2015 winners ahead in seventh minute, before goals from Eden Hazard and Victor Moses saw Leicester suffer their fourth defeat in eight league games.

Clinical finishing

The unmarked Costa's seventh-minute strike was his seventh goal of the season, before Chelsea's dominance was further rewarded, following more comedy defending, by Hazard's expertly-taken second. Moses finished a brilliant one-two 10 minutes from time to leave Leicester as the first English top-flight champions since Blackburn Rovers 21 years ago to lose their opening four away games of the season.

One eye on midweek

Leicester's 2015-16 fairytale always looked an impossible act to follow but the tame nature of their fourth defeat in eight games was alarming for their fans who witnessed just three league losses over the whole of last season. The visitors, who seemed to have half an eye on Tuesday's Champions League clash with FC Copenhagen as Riyad Mahrez was rested, were largely outclassed, leaving Ranieri perturbed. 'Yes, I didn't recognise them (his players) and I must speak to them about why (this happened),' the Italian said. 'Copenhagen is a well-organised team and if we do not react, it will be a very bad match on Tuesday.'

Kanté's 'derby' and Conte's relief

Chelsea's mastery was almost underlined with a goal for former Leicester hero, man of the match N'Golo Kante, but his goalbound strike was kept out by Wes Morgan. 'We miss him,' Ranieri said of his French international midfielder.

For under-pressure Chelsea manager Antonio Conte - several British bookmakers had in the week suspended betting on him being the next Premier League manager to lose his job - there was welcome relief with the Italian hailing the performance as his side's best of the season.