We enjoyed the vast majority of the possession during the game, and were denied a goal by the goalkeeper, the woodwork and even VAR, but the return of Chelsea fans, who were watching Tuchel’s team play for the first time, turned out to be an unhappy one as Leicester scored the winning goal with their only shot on target.
After a first half which provided little in the way of goal-mouth excitement from either team, it was Chelsea who found ourselves behind after the break, despite producing all the positive play in the first half. The goal came from nowhere, as Youri Tielemans found himself in space a long way out and unleashed a powerful effort into the top corner that Kepa Arrizabalaga could do nothing about.
There had been little sign of that Leicester threat before then and it was all Chelsea afterwards, as Mason Mount forced a fine save from Schmiechel to keep out a powerful low volley that looked destined to provide our equaliser. Ben Chilwell, coming off the bench to face his former club, went even closer, as Schmeichel tipped his header onto the post. Chilwell even had the ball in the back of the net in the 89th minute, after getting on the end of Thiago Silva’s chipped pass and a lucky rebound, only for VAR to rule out his late goal for offside by the tiniest of margins.
That meant we weren’t able to reward the Blues fans at Wembley with a trophy, but we will have another chance in the Champions League before the end of the season, and have an opportunity for immediate revenge against Leicester when we meet them again in the Premier League on Tuesday.