Chelsea dominated the game in front of 8,000 buoyant supporters at Stamford Bridge, taking a two-goal lead thanks to Jorginho’s penalty and Antonio Rudiger’s close-range finish then surviving a nervy finale after Kelechi Iheanacho had pulled one back for the Leicester side.
Although the stormy victory lifts Chelsea up to third place, above Leicester, who will drop out of the top four if Liverpool beat Burnley on Wednesday, and puts their hopes of a top-four finish in their own hands ahead of their meeting with Aston Villa on the final day.
However, Thomas Tuchel was delighted with his players’ response to Saturday’s defeat at Wembley but urged caution as the Champions League race goes to the wire.
“It was an outstanding performance but the job is not done. We have two more to go,” he told Sky Sports, referencing the Premier League clash with Villa and the Champions League final against Manchester City.
“The fans made a huge difference. You see the speed in our game, the hunger, the ambition. It was a very strong performance and I’m absolutely delighted the team can present itself like this in front of our fans. We needed exactly that today. It was a big win but it is not time for celebration yet.”
Tuchel added: “It was an OK performance in the cup, but today was a top performance. First half was amazing, the quality and energy, and the second half as well. We gave an easy goal away that made us suffer a bit in the end but overall it was a very deserved win.”
The win might have been more comfortable had Chelsea not been denied a penalty in the first half when Timo Werner was kicked by Youri Tielemans in the Leicester box.