Chelsea 1-1 Leicester: Alonso’s volley puts Chelsea in the third position in the Premier League

Chelsea drew 1-1 with Leicester thanks to Marcos Alonso’s volley, securing a third-place finish in the Premier League.

Alonso had switched off to assist James Maddison in firing the Foxes into an early lead at Stamford Bridge, but he responded with a wonderfully executed goal to equalize before the interval.

The Blues have a three-point lead over fourth-placed Tottenham heading into the last day of the season, but a goal difference advantage of 18.

Christian Pulisic shockingly missed a tap-in that would have put the Blues in third place with a game to go.

The USA striker scuffed wide when it would have been a lot simpler to score, leaving Chelsea to complete the job against Watford at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Todd Boehly was back at Stamford Bridge, although, of the matches the impending new owner is known to have visited, the US businessman has yet to witness Chelsea win in person.

Thomas Tuchel and his players would have been disappointed if one of many major second-half opportunities had not been converted to secure the win.

The match was played in front of a very muted Stamford Bridge, with home fans who may be tired of the ongoing takeover drama.

However, before the game, Chelsea supporters displayed a banner honoring boss Tuchel, and the grinning German coach seemed overjoyed with the support.

From the start, Chelsea moved the ball well but failed to open up Leicester.

James Maddison

Maddison punished the Blues’ inability to track back with a rifled finish from 18 yards.

The raking ball from Kasper Schmeichel should not have fallen to Timothy Castagne, but Alonso had switched off and overlooked the danger.

The inside pass from the full-back was glanced off Toni Rudiger’s heel, and Maddison pounced onto the loose ball before bursting past Edouard Mendy.

N’Golo Kante played in Romelu Lukaku, who wasted a good opportunity by hesitating his shot for too long.

Chelsea eventually equalized when James’ brilliant diagonal cross was met by Alonso’s precise volley.

After the teams had reached an agreement, Chelsea went about regaining control.

While the Blues took the initiative, they were unable to convert their domination into a lead.

Christian Pulisic side-footed wide with the net at his mercy after Lukaku headed over from Hakim Ziyech’s clever cross.

James and Lukaku worked together to set up a tap-in for the USA attacker, but he could only scuff wide.

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