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Summary

  1. Defender Alonso smashes home in each half
  2. Pedro heads in a third from Willian cross
  3. Chelsea without Costa - Hazard up front

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By Luke Reddy

All times stated are UK

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Bye bye for now...

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Top of the Premier League
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And that ladies and gentlemen is that.

Thank you for all your tweets today, we hope you got what you needed and more from this live text. Chelsea brush off the Diego Costa stories and league defeat to Tottenham emphatically. They were slick, solid and in my view at least, had another gear to go to if needed.

It's over to Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City on Sunday. A huge day awaits and we trust you'll join us again. 

For now, goodnight. Go and indulge in a Saturday night treat.

You've been waiting for this...

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The Match of the Day running order.

Sorry Watford fans, sorry Boro fans. Still, if you play out a 0-0, perhaps you know it's coming.

Make sure you tune in folks, for Andy Carroll's goal alone. 

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More Conte on Costa

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte talking to the BBC about striker Diego Costa's absence: "Diego stopped his training on Tuesday because he felt a pain in his back and from that moment he didn't train." 

On the reports of a bust-up and interest from China: "In this situation you can listen to a lot of things. In my experience as a coach if there are the problems you solve them in the changing room not the press conference. I don't know anything about the reports of Costa to China. The truth is what I told you before."

Asked if Costa is fit for the next match whether the Spain international will play: "I don't know. We'll see during the week."

Man of the match

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Man of the match vote shows Alonso wins
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A vote on Chelsea's Twitter page has Marcos Alonso as man of the match. Our reporter Chris Bevan opted for the wing-back too. You can read the match report here.

Not used to celebrating...

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Marcos Alonso
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Scrolling through the images today, I like the way Marcos Alonso ended his celebration run with a mini jump. A celebration with a bit of this and a bit of that included and thankfully, nothing pre-worked on the training ground in Cobham.

Marcos Alonso jumps
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Jackpot

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That feeling when you find a random fiver in a coat pocket...

Go on David...

David Luiz
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'Great spirit'

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte talks about Chelsea's performance on BT Sport: "A good performance because it’s not easy to come here, play the champions and win in this way. I’m pleased with all my players, we showed great spirit, all the players tried to help each other with the ball and without the ball. After the defeat to Spurs we started in the right way."

'I told the truth'

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Antonio Conte speaks about Diego Costa on BT Sport amid rumors of a bid from China for the left-out striker: "I think before the game I told the truth and I repeat the truth because I like to and I don’t lie. Diego stopped his training Tuesday because he felt a pain in his back, for this reason he was not available. This is the truth."

Was there a clash? Did he refuse to play? "I don’t know about this because I repeat the truth is what I told you before. Now we see in the next week." 

Has there been an offer from China? "I don’t know anything about this, no.

Will you talk to Roman Abramovich or Costa? "I think that you said if there are problems, I prefer to solve them in the changing room not at a press conference if, and I repeat if, there are problems." 

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Overhead kick
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Gary Cahill couldn't quite do an Andy Carroll today. Be sure to tune into Match of the Day for Carroll's stunner, I will bring you the MOTD running order soon.

Who will be on first? Who will grumble for being last out?

Pressure, pressure, pressure

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Today's results heap pressure on Manchester United and Liverpool ahead of their match tomorrow. Manchester City, too, will have to respond.

Should Liverpool win at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho's side would be 13 points off top spot with 17 games to go.

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Ryan Nicholl: Fourteen wins out of 15? I'll take that as our wobble for the season!!

'A good performance'

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Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri speaks to BT Sport: "Today we made a good performance but we lost, and that is football. The changes I made were effective, if you take out the first two goals we played at same level as them. We played counter-attack and pressed high, but it we had not conceded those goals it would have been another match.

"We didn’t lose focus, we had to stay very attentive in the box because they move so well. With Pedro, Hazard and Willian we did well but we should have closed the other players down better."

Transformers

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Pedro
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There are many examples of a transformed Chelsea. Pedro is one illustration.

He has now been directly involved in more Premier League goals this season than the whole of last term, with 10 – five goals, five assists.

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Lewis Starks: "Chelsea lost to Spurs... Season over" - "Diego not playing... Season over". Chelsea thump the champs and 7 points clear...

What did you think of Chelsea's display? Tweet me on #bbcfootball.

"All about bouncing back"

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill speaks to BT Sport: "That was a very professional solid performance by us after the Spurs game. We prepared well and deserved that. We had to prove it, it is all about bouncing back, and I’m proud that we produced a performance like that."

Coming up...

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Antonio Conte
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We will hear from this man shortly, more from Gary Cahill coming too.

Chelsea host Hull City next, ahead of an FA Cup tie with Brentford and a trip to Anfield.

Leicester have three away games to come, visiting Southampton, Derby in the FA Cup and Burnley.

Cahill on Costa

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Chelsea defender Gary Cahill talking to BT Sport: "Diego is a massive player for us, he wasn’t there today but we put Pedro, Hazard and Willian up there instead and it is hard to defend against talent like that. We are delighted with that result."

Goalscorer Marcos Alonso speaking to the BBC about Diego Costa's absence:

"You guys made up the story. Diego wasn't feeling well because of his back. He's very happy and will have a great enough season at Chelsea."

Chelsea"s Pedro celebrates scoring their third goal with Willian
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Leicester hope, Matic masterclass...

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Dare we say it, Leicester have maybe found a player who can at least replace the N'Golo Kante workrate.

Nampalys Mendy ran 12.33km today, that's more than anyone else on the pitch.

Nemanja Matic clocked 11.94km for Chelsea.

Matic was very good, playing a game-high 96 passes and completing 84%.

Matic in action
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Diego who? Dimitri who?

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BBC Sport presenter Jacqui Oatley makes a good point. One wonders if chairmen and owners are suddenly thinking they can bank the money for such star names and feel no major setback?

Kasper the friendly host

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Three shots on target for the away side, three goals. Kasper Schmeichel a frustrated goalkeeper tonight.

Chelsea better last season

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And with that result, Chelsea reach 52 points, two more than they achieved in all of last season. Antonio Conte seems to know the time of day.

His team were very good then. He has them drilled like a hole in the wall.

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Wes Morgan and David Luiz share a handshake, Danny Simpson gives N'Golo Kante a tap on the chest. The cameras follow the diminutive Kante and he knows it. He's keeping his head down, staying humble. He almost looks scared to smile.

FULL-TIME

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The two managers embrace on the touchline. Not too much talking between the pair, Chelsea have done all the talking needed tonight.

Chelsea"s Marcos Alonso celebrates with Victor Moses after the game
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N'Golo Kante pounces on a second ball in midfield to tidy up, what would Leicester give to have him back?

No excuses for Foxes

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Leicester haven't got that excuse of concentrating on Champions League right now. Poor. #bbcfootball

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INJURY TIME

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We will have two added minutes. Is it me or is it often reduced to two when a team has taken a beating?

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If you are just joining us, we have seen a Chelsea side without Diego Costa impress. Early Marcos Alonso goals in each half set the tone, and their work rate and function as a unit has been superb. The Blues looks very efficient. 

Leicester no doubt have plenty of effort about them but aside from a set piece, they've looked blunt for me.

Chelsea celebrate
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Viva España... 3 goals made in Spain and for once, none of them for Diego Costa!

James, a Chelsea fan:

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A volley from the angle of the area by Christian Fuchs looks a picture but provides a simple catch for Thibaut Courtois.

Leicester City"s Christian Fuchs in action with Chelsea"s Cesc Fabregas
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Jamie Vardy sprints after David Luiz near the corner flag. The old David Luiz would have tried a Ronaldinho step over, a nutmeg and a scorpion kick to escape. The new Luiz just concedes a throw.

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Demarai Gray bursts forward and wants a little personal glory. He rips one from 30 yards but the ball boy near the corner flag will be the only person troubled.

SUBSTITUTION

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A double change sees Pedro and Willian depart, Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Michy Batshuayi come on.

Chelsea"s Michy Batshuayi comes on as a substitute to replace Willian as Ruben Loftus-Cheek waits to come on for Pedro
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Pedro has been terrific, completing 38 of his 40 passes, scoring the third too.

Pedro celebrates
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As Christian Fuchs plays a ball across the defensive line to Wes Morgan, Pedro sprints 30 yards to shut it down. No resting on laurels for Chelsea and for me, that pressure on the ball has been a key difference. The league leaders keen to hound the ball, the champions happy to sit and be attacked.

Again Chelsea build, no one hassling them until the edge of the 18-yard box where Wes Morgan gets a block in.

Chelsea have that look about them

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Matt Elliott

Former Leicester City captain for BBC Radio Leicester

There's a look about Chelsea - they're slick, but dogged when they need to be. There's always two passing options for them, and they are toying with Leicester.

Pedro
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SUBSTITUTION

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Eden Hazard will be rested up, Cesc Fabregas enters. Still Chelsea have a good shape, Leicester go long but there's nothing dropping kindly.

Cesc Fabregas comes on as a substitute to replace Eden Hazard
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A quiet night for Jamie Vardy, just 19 touches so far. The lowest outfield tally for a Chelsea player is Pedro - 54.

Vardy touch map
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Remember, I did promise you four goals before kick-off.

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When you're 3-0 down you draw great comfort from seeing a right-back come on eh?

Danny Simpson in for Marc Albrighton. Maybe that's the start of the fightback?