The unhappy unmasking of Pedro
During pre-season, Pedro had a nasty collision with David Ospina during Chelsea’s match with Arsenal in Beijing, with the Spaniard having to go to hospital with multiple facial injruies.
Since then, the winger has been donning a protective mask during matches, as he did in the first half against Leicester. However, Pedro emerged for the second half without his mask, with it obviously hampering his performance.
But, the worst thing that could have happened probably did, when a ball seemed to ricochet and bounce into his unprotected face, with the 30-year-old then hitting the deck.
Pedro was substituted ten minutes or so later, but he will probably think twice about taking the mask off again.
Drinkwater’s mixed reaction
Danny Drinkwater has to wait for his Chelsea debut, but there was a chance to get to see what the Leicester City faithful still think of him.
The former Foxes man’s name was read out over the tannoy when the players were warming up before the game, and there was a smattering of boos from a rather empty stadium at the time.
Then the midfielder came out at half-time to stretch his legs once more and again there was a small smattering of boos from those that had remained in their seats while the rain poured down.
However, the biggest moment came when the Premier League winner went for a warm up during the second half alongside the Leicester City supporters. The initial boos were immediately drowned out by applause from those that appreciated what he gave to the club.
There will always be some that think he has turned his back on Leicester, but he was a key part of a team that got promoted, won the league and then played in the Champions League.
Fox wants an elbow call
Mascots are often known for getting involved in some incidents, with Watford’s Harry the Hornet getting some attention last season for mocking Wilfired Zaha’s dive in a match against Crystal Palace.
And it seemed that Leicester’s own mascot, Filbert Fox, was not happy about a particular moment between David Luiz and Jamie Vardy.
The Fox, and a few of the supporters around him, felt that the Brazilian had attempted to elbow the England international while they competed for a header.
A corner was given, but Filbert made it perfectly clear to the linesman what he thought of the incident by thrusting an elbow himself.
Filbert was not a happy fox!
Kante’s non celebration
If there is one player that needs to learn how to celebrate it’s N’Golo Kante.
Scoring against his former side, the Frenchman was never going to celebrate out of respect to Leicester, which is fair enough. However, you get the feeling that Kante is going to nab a few more this season, with Conte after the game saying that he is massively improving his attacking play.
Against Manchester United last season he scored two beauties, but there was a real sense of not quite knowing what to do with himself. Kante is a quiet, unassuming guy and so to sprint away and rip off his shirt, whirling it around his head, is probably not what we’ll get.
It would be nice for one of the players to teach him that though.
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