Leicester City go top as Chelsea slump again

Jamie Vardy

Leicester City have gone back to the summit of the Barclays Premier League following a 2-1 win over Chelsea at the King Power Stadium on Monday evening, leaving the Blues just one point clear of the relegation zone.

Having slipped to third after Arsenal and Manchester City both won, the Foxes needed to win to reclaim their place atop the table.

The inform duo of Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez linked up to give Leicester the lead just after the half hour mark.

A superb cross from the Algerian winger picked out the run of Vardy, who finished on the half volley to bag his 15th goal of the season and the seventh assist for Mahrez.

The incredible Mahrez went from provider to scorer in the second half when he controlled a cross, showed off some quick feet to round Cesar Azpilicueta, before curling it past an outstretched Thibaut Courtois.

Jose Mourinho had switched to a three-man defence and Loic Remy headed home from a Pedro cross to halve the deficit with 13 minutes remaining, but they could not salvage a result and remain in 16th place.

The defeat is the Blues’ ninth of an already crumbling season while Leicester has only slumped once this season in the league.