Player ratings from Chelsea’s disappointing 2-1 loss at Leicester

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This scheduled post was a lot less interesting when it first appeared on my docket than it is now that Chelsea has fallen 2-1 to Leicester City on Monday at King Power Stadium.

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Player ratings are usually a dicey proposition, even more so when a legendary English club is underachieving in relatively-massive proportions.

So let’s dig it, debate, and move on.

LEICESTER CITY

Kaspar Schmeichel — 7 — Big stop on Costa to keep game in Leicester’s favor.

Danny Simpson — 6.5 — Just kept backing off Pedrowho is a good ball-crosser Danny, and sure enough Chelsea scored on the play.

Wes Morgan — 7.5 — The big back is a big factor in Leicester’s run to the top of the table.

Robert Huth — 5 — What happened on Chelsea’s goal, Robert? Otherwise solid.

Christian Fuchs — 6 — An overlooked key component of Leicester’s success, but could’ve done something on the Remy goal.

Danny Drinkwater — 6 — Fine. Still among the best names in soccer.

Riyad Mahrez — 9.5 — Could’ve been a 10, but where was the added insurance goal? We mostly kid.

N'Golo Kante — 7.5 — Another of the Foxes’ clever pests, he was a strong man in 50/50 battles.

Marc Albrighton — 6.5 — Not his best night, but still served up some good crosses and smart passes.

Leonardo Ulloa — 7 — His strength is a huge asset when deployed correctly, and that was done today.

Jamie Vardy — 8 — The pesky, industrious Englishman netted another goal with a well-timed run.

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CHELSEA

Thibaut Courtois — 6 — Not sure what he’s supposed to do on either of the goals, but can’t give better than a six when two goals cross the line.

Cesar Azpilicueta — 4 — Someone needed to help this guy out of the jam provided by Riyad Mahrez’s Pac Man-like back-and-forth for the second goal. Alas, no one did. Baba, anyone?

John Terry — 3.5 — He’s badly regressed, was bewitched by Mahrez, and lost Vardy for the goal.

Kurt Zouma — 5 — Could’ve saved Terry’s bacon on the Vardy goal, and surely did not.

Branislav Ivanovic — 5 — His crossing’s been hit-and-miss this season, but overall he’s been the best choice at right back.

Ramires — 4 — Honestly, I forgot he played until I had to proffer a rating.

Nemanja Matic — 6 — Seemed out of the loop, but looked good when he was involved with the play.

Willian — 6 — He’s been one of Jose Mourinho’s only bright spots, but was relatively dim on the day.

Oscar — 5 — Far from miserable, and looked lively enough at times. Too inconsistent to be a focal point of a Premier League team.

Eden Hazard — INC — Injured upon the half-hour, Mourinho would’ve handed out a subpar grade.

Pedro — 7 — Came close to scoring, and provided the cross that Loic Remy knocked home.

Diego Costa — 3.5 — Nothing more than a pest, he’s failing to finish chances in surprising fashion.

Remy — 7 — Scored the goal, and deserves a start. Succeeded with consistent playing time at Newcastle.

Cesc Fabregas — 6 — His entrance into the game gave Chelsea life, and Mourinho deserves a nod for the tactical maneuver.