James Maddison admitted he could have won the game for Brendan Rodgers side but was full of praise for the Nigeria midfielder who atoned for his earlier mistake by scoring the leveller.
Wilfried Ndidi’s error led to Mason Mount’s seventh minute opener but the Super Eagles star grabbed the equalizer on 67 minute after nodding home from a James Maddison corner.
Y̶e̶s̶ No Ndidi!😬 Mason Mount picks the pocket and scores his first senior goal for Chelsea!
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💯 Wilfred Ndidi marks his 100th start for Leicester with a goal!
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With the game increasingly open and Chelsea susceptible to counter attacks, Maddison should have netted a late winner but he skied his effort from six yards out.
The Leicester City midfielder speaking to Sky Sports afterwards said: “We come away disappointed, if you come to Stamford Bridge and play like that you have to take your chances.
“I scored seven goals last season and I want to improve and go to that next level so I have to put that chance away. But I’m practicing and working on my game,” said James Maddison.
On Wilfried Ndidi’s performance to score the equaliser after being at fault for Chelsea’s goal, Maddison added: “His reaction was brilliant, to show the character and make amends with a bullet header deserves a lot of praise.”
“He doesn’t get the praise he deserves and he does the part of the game no-one wants to do,” Maddison concluded.