Half-Time Report: Chelsea frustrated by Leicester City in opening 45 minutes

Chelsea find it difficult to break down a dogged Leicester City in the opening 45 minutes of their game at Stamford Bridge, which is locked at 0-0 at half time.

Chelsea and Leicester City have gone into the half-time break of their Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge with the score level at 0-0 after some solid defending by the visitors.

As expected, Chelsea saw much of the ball in the opening few minutes, and Andre Schurrle flashed a shot over the bar before Diego Costa went close in the 12th minute with a measured effort from a tight angle which rolled wide of the post.

Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City battles with Andre Schurrle of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on August 23, 2014© Getty Images

Leicester continued to defend stoutly and, in fact, the biggest cheer of the half greeted Didier Drogba, who left his seat on the bench after half-an-hour to warm up at Stamford Bridge.

The visitors almost took a shock lead shortly after when Thibaut Courtois was forced to palm away Riyad Mahrez's strong 25-yard strike.

Eden Hazard was unusually subdued in the opening period, but his pass in the 37th minute almost set Costa up for the opener.

The Spanish international's low drive was turned behind by a lunging Wes Morgan as Leicester's dogged display frustrated the hosts.

Wes Morgan celebrates scoring the opener for Leicester in their friendly with Werder Bremen on August 9, 2014
Read Next:
Result: Morgan heads Leicester to victory
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
La Liga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd24156348163251
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
8Leicester CityLeicester248883432232
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2468102941-1226
13Crystal Palace2467112137-1625
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2467111939-2025
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2458111733-1623
17West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom24410101930-1122
19Stoke CityStoke2456132350-2721
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account