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Raheem Sterling leads 10-man Chelsea to 2-1 victory against Leicester

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Raheem Sterling scored his first goals for Chelsea since signing from Manchester City this summer, as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday despite being down to 10 players.

Conor Gallagher was sent off after being shown a second yellow for bringing down Leicester’s Harvey Barnes, leaving Chelsea with 10 players from the 28th minute of the game.

In a thrilling contest, Sterling hit the back of the net twice, putting the home side ahead after his shot looped over the diving Danny Ward and slotting in a cross from Reece James to double their lead.

Chelsea manager Tuchel, who was banned from the touchline on Saturday, said after that he had a “good view” of the match but emphasised there is “no need for repetition” when it comes to watching from the stands.

Speaking on Gallagher’s red card, Tuchel added: “You can’t make the [second] challenge if you have a yellow card after 20 or 25 minutes. The challenge was a clear yellow card and gave us a huge disadvantage. There was no reason to make this decision [from Gallagher].”

“In the last 15 minutes once or twice we were lucky to not concede an equaliser.”

Leicester, who had a goal disallowed in the first half, cut the deficit in half when Barnes found himself on the end of a pass from Jamie Vardy in the 66th minute.

Leicester, who have struggled so far this season, pushed for an equaliser as Mendy was forced into saves from Barnes and Vardy, who also shot into the side netting.

Ayoze Perez struck the bar as the visitors pressed for a late leveller that never came, meaning Brendan Rodgers’ side have now lost three games in a row since an opening-day draw with Brentford.

But Chelsea, marshalled in defence by Thiago Silva and Trevoh Chalobah, held on for their first home win of the season, leaving them in sixth place with seven points from four games. Leicester remain in 19th place, with one point.


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