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Chelsea hero says goodbye

EXIT: Eden Hazard

LEICESTER and Chelsea ended their Premier League campaigns satisfactorily with a 0-0 scoreline at the King Power Stadium (May 12).

Both sides here could have been forgiven for producing something rather lacklustre as their season’s came to a close.
However this was a spicy affair from minute one with playing their part in a tight contest.

Chelsea boss, Maurizio Sarri, did have one eye on the Europa League final as he decided not to start talisman Eden Hazard, in what is likely to be his final top flight appearance for the Blues.

Chelsea’s Jorginho got things started for the afternoon when he clattered into Jamie Vardy after just ten seconds, a clumsy collision, that set the tone for the fast and frantic first half.

Blues’ midfielder Ross Barkley should have scored a few minutes later following a perfect pass from Jorginho, who was more involved here in the first ten minutes than he has been in previous games.

Chelsea controlled the game for a short while following and kept possession well against a fierce Leicester press.
Wilfred Ndidi was a menace in midfield for Leicester, and did well up against Ruben Loftus- Cheek and Barkley.

Loftus-Cheek had a chance on goal with a header that he should of scored from, but this would be the story of the afternoon at the King Power, with both sides missing a host of very decent chances.

The biggest for Chelsea, fell to Gonzalo Higuain, who got his feet mixed up and scuffed an effort, a very similar sight for the Stamford Bridge out this season, with Alvaro Morata misfiring during the first six months of the campaign.

Young home midfielder, Hamza Choudury, was dynamic in the Foxes central area and looks very comfortable at this level. He has great strength and speed, and a great pass, and should’ve done better with a couple of chances.

Both sets of fans were in good voice, with Chelsea fans raucously celebrating the goals that were going in at the Amex, and were quick to belt out their reminder to former Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, of the infamous Steven Gerrard ‘slip’ many years ago.

Chelsea sang ‘Champions of Europe, you’ll never sing that’ and Leicester replied cheekily with ‘You’ve never won the league one’; the light-heartedness of the fixture summed up in the lovely Leicester sunshine.

As the game went on, it became more laboured. There was a brief cameo and potential farewell for Hazard as he replaced Pedro with 20 minutes to go.

He blew a kiss and waved to the travelling support and that seemed to say goodbye; he certainly has earned his move.
He has been with the Londoners for seven seasons now and has been the standout player for many years. Chelsea worse off without him but it would be unfair to prevent his dream move to Real Madrid from occurring.

The game finished 0-0, but could easily have been 3-3 or 4-4, both sides missed a host of chances that, had something been riding on this game, would’ve probably gone in.

In the post match press conference Sarri cut an unhappy figure. He told the Voice of Sport that he was “happy” with the season and if Chelsea can beat Arsenal in The Europa League final, it would turn the season from a “good” one to a “wonderful” one.

When asked about his future, he said he was asked to get Champions League football and that is what he has delivered, and on the subject of Eden Hazard, he said that he wants him to stay like every Chelsea fan but the decision is ultimately the player’s.

As for Leicester, there is a quiet confidence growing around the King Power Rodgers at the helm.

His trial run is finished and now he will have a full summer to prepare his side for the coming campaign, there were farewells for Danny Simpson and Shinji Okazaki who played their final games for the Midlands side.

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