60 min At Vicarage Road, Danny Ings has given Southampton the lead.
58 min Rodgers has seen enough, replacing Praet and Perez and with Choudhury and Albrighton. I was slightly surprised Praet got in ahead of Choudhury to begin with, and wonder if Pulisic might soon be clutching some part of himself.
57 min Leicester are struggling to get out, but here they come down the right, Justin clipping a cross into the middle that Tielemans collects on the volley, looking to bring it into his stride. But he doesn’t quite connect with the right bit of foot and the ball runs away from him.
55 min And again! Pulisic is taking up some great positions in front of the Leicester back four and again he sticks Abraham him, Abraham swivelling to crack a fine low finish across Schmeichel and into the net. But again, the flag goes up.
53 min Chelsea are moving. Kovacic wins the ball and finds Pulisic, who slides in the Rabbi, but the flag goes up.
52 min “Between Chelsea and United, which one do you think is closer to challenging?” asks Digvijay Yadav.
Erm, I think both will need another season after this one, and it’s hard to judge United until we know who’s arriving in the summer. But I’d go for them because I think their defence is better and their best players – Pogba, Fernandes, Rashford – are a class above Chslea’s best players.
51 min Soyuncu takes a touch, has a look rolls a pass into Tielemans – that’s very classy, except he’s inside his own box and explicitly telegraphed his intentions. Immediately, Willian looks to pounce, but Leicester just about escape.
49 min Nice blind-side run from Barkley – he’s started livelylilylily – and when Azpilcueta finds him, his cross is blocked behind for a corner. It comes to nowt.
47 min Barkley gets himself involved, finding Willian, who moves inside to create space for a return pass, then knocks it over the by-line.
46 min Off we go again, and again Chelsea make an immediate mess, Rudiger dithering under a high ball and heading into the path of Vardy down the left. Perez is in the middle, but there are plenty of defenders blocking the route to him, so Vardy shoots hopefully when he might have cut back. Still, another good start from Leicester.
A displeased Frank Lampard has made three half-time changes: Gilmour, James and Mount off, Kovacic, Azpilicueta and Barkley on.
Half-time: Leicester City 0-0 Chelsea
That was one of the better halves of football I’ve seen this post-season. Leicester were much the better team, but the only proper chances they created were headers from corners, while Chelsea’s Pulisic forced a brilliant save from Schmeichel. The second half should be decent.
45 min There’ll be one added minute. I’m pretty sure the drinks break was longer than that.
45 min Chelsea’s defenders have been clueless today, and when Ndidi wins it again, Barnes sweeps it in behind for Vardy, running off Zouma and Rudiger before they’ve bothered to remember that today is Sunday and they have work. But the ball is on his left foot and running across him, so he’s unbalanced by the time he draws back his foot, sending a tame effort skipping just wide of the far post.
43 min Of course, Leicester last reached the semis in 1982 – this is the goal that beat them, scored by Garth Crooks. I wonder if he’d have put himself in team of the week, as an attacking full-back perhaps.
41 min If there was a crowd in, this would be a serious piece of game. It’s not bad at all as is, but an extra spark would make a huge difference.
40 min Abraham picks up the ball on the right touchline and sends it infield to Pulisic, who’s crowded out easily enough.
37 min “My mate Luke loves a bad pun, so I took to calling the Inter Milan striker Romeluke Lukelakluke. Once we had lunch and ate a Khmer dish called Lok Lak and Dr. Seussesque alliteration ensued.”
Tangentially, one of my favourite things in the English language is Ross Barkley saying “Lukaku”.
34 min “Ever since listening to Mike Dean go on the entertaining Peter Crouch podcast,” says Ezra Finkelstein, “I’ve begun to see the human side in him. Makes you think twice before shouting abuse.”
I enjoy Mike Dean.
32 min Barnes into Tielemans, who’s stronger in the tackle than Zouma, allowing Barnes to collect the loose ball. His first touch is really good, dragging it into his stride, but when he has to make a decision – whether to shoot or find Vardy in the middle – he lashes wildly high and wide of the near post.
30 min Blinding save Schmeichel! Mount, moving across the face of the box from left to right, slides a fine reverse-pass, low and hard, in behind the Leicester defence, and Pulisic seizes on it to take it away from Gilmour, absolutely shmicing a riser that the keeper prangs away from close to him.
29 min Eesh! Leicester win a free-kick 30 yards out, left of centre, which Chilwell flights towards the penalty spot, and Evans goal-side of Zouma! But he doesn’t get proper purchase on his header, and the ball drifts wide. That was a very good chance.
27 min Tell you who’s been quiet so far: Lil Mikey Dean. I’m sure we’ll see something from him soon, the absolute superstar.
25 min Frank Lampard has given his players what for, and fair enough – they’ve been miserable so far. Let’s see if it makes any difference.
23 min Soyuncu hacks Pulisic and is booked; should Leicester reach the semye, he’ll miss it.
23 min “I don’t know if you saw the cutaway to Maddison a couple minutes ago,” says Adam Kline-Schoder, “but he looks to be wearing a shirt inside of which you could fit 2.5 James Maddisons. Did someone deflate him? Pleasing to finally have an open and high-quality first half of football post-restart. Enjoy!”
I’m not sure it’s possible to deflate James Maddison. He is not short of confidence, I do not believe.
21 min Chelsea have been sloppier than a nana’s kiss and here’s more of it, Emerson playing Zouma into trouble with Vardy scavenging, but he manages to get the ball away, just.
20 min Gilmour gives it away again, Tielemans intercepting, and with space to shoot, he semi-drags an effort that Caballero tips around the post. The corner yields another, which the keeper punches clear.
18 min Nice from Leicester again, Ndidi into Perez out to Praet down the right … and he snaps in a first-time cross that Vardy didn’t expect.
18 min Chelsea are playing in the kind of polo shirt you usually see on the news, hurling a chair across a European square.
16 min Chelsea need to step it up in midfield – Leicester are moving about them far too easily at the moment.
14 min Leicester win a free-kick down the left which Tielemans curls into the box … and Ndidi is on his absolute bill! But he can’t quite contort his head behind the ball, so Caballero fields his effort easily enough.