James Maddison reveals the Chelsea weakness Leicester City exploited

James Maddison reveals the Chelsea weakness Leicester City exploited


James Maddison scored to help Leicester City beat Chelsea (Picture: Sky Sports)

James Maddison says Leicester City were confident of exploiting Chelsea’s weakness from set-pieces after they went top of the Premier League with a 2-0 win over Frank Lampard’s side.

A short corner routine led to Leicester’s opener at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday night, with Wilfried Ndidi finding space on the edge of the box and curling a strike past Edouard Mendy.

Maddison doubled Chelsea’s advantage later in the first half after latching onto Marc Albrighton’s hopeful through ball and beating Mendy.

Leicester and England star Maddison told Sky Sports: ‘We worked on it. We looked at Chelsea with little short corners and being creative.

‘We [saw] they switch off sometimes from set pieces and we knew that was something we could pick on.

‘We haven’t scored enough goals from set pieces. I’m pulling my hair out sometimes as the corner taker!

‘You look at the stats that come up, it says ‘goals scored from set pieces, Leicester City bottom of the table’, so it’s really nice to see one come off. A bit of a relief, actually!’

Chelsea’s defeat leaves them eighth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool, who have a game in hand.

A ‘disappointed’ Frank Lampard said: ‘There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact.

‘I’m disappointed with both the goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we are are playing well but when you go 2-0 down and you are in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely.

‘The players know they were beaten by a better team, a team we are behind and one we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish.’

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