Chelsea reached the EFL Cup 2016-17 fourth round as it came from two goals down to beat 10-man Leicester 4-2 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester on Tuesday.
The win was courtesy of Cesc Fabregas scoring twice in extra time. Cesc Fabregas was the Man of the Match for his last moment heroics for Chelsea.
On Chelsea’s terrific win, Chelsea boss Antonio Conte said: “I want to win and my choice is done to win. I don’t care what their name is. For me it’s important when I call someone to play and they show me my choice is not wrong.
“I am pleased for Cesc because he played a good game, he showed me great commitment in the training sessions. I am satisfied when I see this behaviour. This is the right way and I want my players to create good competition and, game by game, give me the opportunity to choose the best line-up.”
Leicester appeared to be in control through a header and an instinctive strike from Shinki Okazak. However, Chelsea got one on the board before the break from a Gary Cahill’s goal.
Above: Chelsea’s Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas celebrates scoring their fourth goal during extra-time in the English League Cup third round football match between Leicester City and Chelsea at King Power Stadium in Leicester, central England on September 20, 2016. (Photo courtesy: ANTHONY DEVLIN/AFP/Getty Images)
The scores were leveled at 2-2 when Cesar Azpilicueta came up with a long-range strike. This was before Leicester defender Marcin Wasilewski was sent off by the referee for a second bookable offence leaving Leicester with 10 men.
It proved to be too costly for Leicester as with one man short, things were heavily loaded in favour of Chelsea. Marcin Wasilewski was caught for elbowing Diego Costa.
On his side’s defeat, Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri said: “I am happy with our performance until 2-0. We started very well and we were in control of the match. Chelsea had more possession but we were very smart and clever to score twice.
“The key was when we conceded a goal on the last corner of the half, we lost two dangerous men, Luiz and Cahill.
“In extra time I said stay together and close the space, but Fabregas scored and it was very difficult for us.”
In the first extra period, Cesc Fabregas clipped finish took Chelsea in the lead at 3-2. A powerful strike from him in the next few minutes sealed the match in Chelsea’s favour.