Chelsea 4 – 3 Leicester City

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Unfortunately we missed this game and had to make do with radio commentary here in England because of a lack of any live television coverage. Leave your good and bad points in the comments.

Match reports

The Guardian, Simon Burnton: “When Avram Grant promised more excitement at Stamford Bridge, this cannot have been what he meant. Twice Leicester led, Chelsea snatching their second equaliser only in the 86th minute when Andriy Shevchenko stopped the visitors from recording a victory which could have been remembered as their own special one. The Ukrainian’s fine turn and shot brought his team level, and in the second minute of stoppage time Lampard got his hat trick in an ugly scramble when his shot took a deflection off Juliano Belletti before looping into the net.”

The Times, Matt Hughes: “Having dismissed José Mourinho for providing insufficient thrills and spills, Abramovich was rewarded with the best game seen at Stamford Bridge for years, although the entertainment industry is a risky business. Chelsea appeared to be heading to their first home defeat by domestic opposition in 3½ years after Leicester, of the Coca-Cola Championship, scored twice in the space of five second-half minutes to take a 3-2 lead, but for the first time in his difficult period in West London, Shevchenko came to the rescue.”

Daily Telegraph, Oliver Brown: “Where Chelsea can perform powerfully under Avram Grant, they can also perform precariously. Even captain John Terry, on the sidelines for the night to make way for Lampard, could not disguise his delight as he ran on the pitch at the whistle.”

The Independent, Glenn Moore: “At this rate Jose Mourinho will be forgotten before Christmas. After Saturday’s 6-0 demolition of Manchester City Roman Abramovich, and 40,000 fellow Stamford Bridge spectators, witnessed seven goals last night as the Carling Cup holders won an extraordinary fourth-round tie.”

Official Chelsea FC Website: “From a goal feast against Man City to a drama-filled 90 minutes against Leicester. Stamford Bridge is certainly the place to watch football at the moment.”

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