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Summary

  1. Vardy volleys in 15th goal of season
  2. Mahrez adds second with superb curled finish
  3. Sub Remy replies with close-range header
  4. Leicester go top; Chelsea point above bottom three

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By Jonathan Jurejko

All times stated are UK

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The Italian job

"Perfect!" is what I'd imagine Claudio Ranieri is saying in this wonderful image below.

Who'd have thought a year ago that Ranieri's Leicester would be top of the Premier League and Mourinho's Chelsea scrapping around at the bottom.

Not me. And probably not these two blokes. Leicester go to Everton next weekend aiming to stay top at Christmas, while Chelsea host Sunderland in a *cough cough* relegation battle.

Until then...arrivederci!

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Stats you need to know

  • Leicester have scored in every Premier League game this season
  • Jamie Vardy has now scored or assisted in 14 consecutive Premier League games
  • No team with 35+ points after the first 16 games of a Premier League season has finished outside the top four

Foxes powering on

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said his team played with "electricity" and, wired to a treadmill, they could have powered a small village tonight. 

They clocked up 114km between them compared to Chelsea's 110km, and performed 488 sprints to their opponent's 487.

As our graphic below shows they lit up almost the whole field.

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Not for sale

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Any clubs eyeing up Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy had better think again. Why? Because Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says so,

"No-one can buy Vardy or Mahrez in January," says the Italian. "They don't have the money and they don't have a price."

1 - Arsenal are the only team to beat Leicester in the PL this season & one of only two teams (+ Villa) to lose to Chelsea by 2+ goals. Odd.

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Matthew Vins: Not that long ago Aston Villa completely outplayed Leicester, led 2-0 but ended up losing 3-2. Look at what has happened since.

I want to stay - Mourinho

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Phil McNulty

BBC Sport chief football writer at King Power Stadium

Does this latest defeat - Chelsea's ninth in the Premier League this season - spell trouble for Jose Mourinho's future. He doesn't think so.

"The last question (about my future) is always the same," says the Portuguese. 

"The only thing I can say is that I want to be the manager. I have no doubts and I think you know me well enough to know that I am not afraid of a big challenge and in this moment it is a really big challenge.

"I want to stay and I hope Mr Abramovich and the board want me to stay because I want to stay."

Ashamed Mourinho targets top six

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With Chelsea already 14 points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, Jose Mourinho has been forced to adjust his expectations.

"We can't finish top four, but we can still finish top six because so many teams are dropping points," he tells BBC Sport. "But at the moment we're in a zone where I feel ashamed." 

Mourinho 'can't understand defensive errors'

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Jose Mourinho says he can't fathom how Chelsea allowed Leicester to score their two goals. Practice hasn't made perfect for the Blues this week.

"Today we made two defensive mistakes and we pay. They were goals that I cannot accept. They are goals that were studied and we have practiced for three days. I feel bad because I don't understand how we can concede these goals."

On his misfiring attack: "At the moment it costs us a lot to score goals. Look through our numbers and it is clear it is difficult to score goals. Why? Because the players whose job it is to score goals aren't."

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Leicester have been working on their shooting practice more than Chelsea - at least on the evidence of this game. The Foxes had nine shots, five on target, with those two crucially finding the onion bag.

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We're not in a relegation battle - Mourinho

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Phil McNulty - our man at King Power Stadium - has been listening to what else Jose Mourinho has been saying in his post-match news conference.

"I accept we are in the relegation zone but I don't accept we are in a relegation battle," says the Chelsea boss.

"You look at the table and we are there but you think you are in a relegation battle if you think you are there for three or four months. I don't think that."

'I don't want to wake up'

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri on Sky Sports: "There was a lot of electricity tonight, without that we are a normal team but with the fans pushing us we are very happy. They continue to dream but we must continue to keep our feet on the ground.,

"I told my players, five more points and we are safe. I think like this I put that target at the beginning of the season, when we achieve 40 points, we will change our goal.

"It's magical time we must continue to work hard because I don't want to wake up, I want to continue to dream with our fans." 

Manager reaction - Ranieri

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri speaking to Sky Sports: "We made a fantastic one hour and the last 30 minutes we suffered a lot but they are the champions. I'm very pleased with our performance, we played compact and tried to do our best until the end and that is good. 

"When we play with pace and one or two touches and coordinate the movements they know very well, this is our strength. All the players believe in each other and help each other and only in this way can you win against big champions."

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Chelsea huffed and puffed, but they lacked quality in the final third to hurt Leicester. Eleven attempts but only two (in green) found the target.

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9 - Chelsea have lost 9+ of their opening 16 top-flight games for the first time since 1978-79, a season in which they were relegated. Glum.

Ranieri still targeting survival

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Earlier, we assumed/hoped Riyad Mahrez was joking about Leicester still being focused on accruing enough points to beat the drop. Turns out he wasn't.

Mahrez was just repeating the mantra of his boss Claudio Ranieri, who says he is still focusing on reaching 40 points. Seriously...

Manager reaction - Hazard

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Eden Hazard and Jose Mourinho
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Eden Hazard's first-half injury: "He made the decision to come off. So it must be a serious injury. His first reaction was 'I can't continue', his second reaction was 'I want to try', but after his first step back on the pitch he said he couldn't. He's injured clearly." 

Top four has gone - Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho has caved in. He's finally admitted the top four is beyond his Chelsea side. The Blues boss only said six words in answer to the 'top four question' - but those six words were a huge admission.

"The top four is gone - clearly," he tells Sky Sports.

Manager reaction - Mourinho

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We were the best team for 20-25 minutes, maybe for a maximum of 30 minutes. They were best team for an hour.  

"When some of your players don't hit the levels they are capable of it is hard to see. This season we are doing so bad for some reason, not all of them.

"To turn things around, I know only one way - working at the top level. Day by day in training I have no complaints with them. But is it frustrating to see what they are doing in training and what they do in matches? Clearly yes."

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Stand for Jose Mourinho's reaction - he's in the tunnel. And he's looking suitably grumpy.

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*Footballer trots out cliche alert*

Leicester hero Riyad Mahrez says his table-topping side aren't safe from relegation yet. We think he was joking....

'We are not safe yet'

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Leicester goalscorer Riyad Mahrez speaking to Sky Sports: "I don't know if no-one can stop me but I need to do my best for the team, but the most important thing is the performance of the team, we did a great game and deserved the win. I have a lot of confidence, when you keep scoring and making assists it's normal to have confidence."

Asked if Leicester were safe, he added: "We are not definitely safe, we need 40 or 42 points for that." 

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If you won games on possession stats then Chelsea would have strolled this one. But they aren't and they didn't. Both teams had five shots on target and Leicester were more clinical. Only one statistic counts...

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Keith Micallef: Only a special one full of himself can turn the Champions to relegation candidates in weeks 

Kudzai Makopa: At the end of the day it's just a team at the top of the table beating a team down the bottom

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YES! If Leicester win the @premierleague I'll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies.

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live at King Power Stadium

"Unbelievable. Riyad Mahrez's goal world class, Chelsea had a right go and had numerous opportunities to get back in it but the work-rate, desire and spirit from Leicester was magnificent." 

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15 - Jamie Vardy has 15 league goals this season, as many as Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi combined. Salted.

Keep that up Jamie and you're assured a place on next year's Ballon d'Or shortlist...

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Leicester manager
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Chelsea's players slope off the pitch as Jose Mourinho sportingly embraces his former nemesis Claudio Ranieri. The reigning champions are 16th in the top-flight - just ONE point above the relegation zone. Remarkable.

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All over! The Leicester crowd erupts, their jubilant players hug each other enthusiastically. They are top of the Premier League!

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Seconds left. Ranieri cajoles his team from the touchline, Mourinho goes ballistic at his players. Willian sees an opportunity run away from him. And that should be almost that....

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Leicester fans up the noise level as they aim to carry their men home. Nemanja Matic looks perplexed as he gives away a free-kick inside the Foxes half.

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Leicester try to seal it with a third. Leonardo Ulloa tries to bend it like Mahrez - but finds the stand behind the goal. That'll do.

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Leicester survive one of the added five. Largely because Wes Morgan digs Diego Costa to break down a Chelsea move.

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: Claudio Rainieri remonstrates with the fourth official
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I need some oxygen - it is breathless stuff. Five minutes of injury-time for Leicester to hang on, or for Chelsea to nab a dramatic leveller. Which way is it going to go?

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Robbie Savage

Former Leicester midfielder on Radio 5 live at King Power Stadium

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"I think we are going to get a grandstand finish." 

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Another time-sapping technique from the home side - and why not! Leicester make their third and final change. Jamie Vardy gets a breather and receives a standing ovation - possibly for providing a bag of crisps to Foxes fans before kick-off, but more likely for his goalscoring display. On comes Shinji Okazaki.

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Leicester ease the tension by slowing things down the right flank. Danny Simpson wins a throw then takes his time before flinging the ball back into play.

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Viv: I believe Remy should be given his chance to lead the line a bit. Costa has had his time but has done little

stu: What has Marc Albrighton got to do to be picked for England squad He has been brilliant this season

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Chances are arriving quicker than Tube trains at Oxford Circus. Loic Remy's 25-yard effort harmlessly drifts wide as Chelsea search for that equaliser.