Chelsea stuttered out of the gates in their second-straight game against a newly-promoted club, but cruised through a dominant second-half to defeat Leicester City.
Manager Jose Mourinho was not pleased with that first half, but loved what he saw from attackers Diego Costa and Eden Hazard, not to mention a key breakaway save from Thibaut Courtois, as Chelsea stayed atop the Premier League with a 2-0 win.
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“We didn’t play good in the first half. Leicester came with great defensive intensity, trying to scare us in counter-attack and we were a bit slow – slow in moving the ball and slow thinking and we needed to change and we did that.
“The second half was compete control. I don’t forget they had a good chance with the result 0-0 but we had so many chances, so many opportunities to score obviously we deserved the victory.”
Still, Costa’s opportunistic work in the box will give Mourinho glee. It’s now two games in-a-row where Mourinho’s “I have no striker” claims of last year seem pretty accurate.
The lightness of the Blues schedule ends with the Foxes, as Chelsea visits Goodison Park to face Everton in an important early-season match.