Leicester City 2-1 Chelsea

Marc Albrighton heaped praise on his team-mates after they battled to a 2-1 victory over reigning Barclays Premier League champions Chelsea at King Power Stadium on Monday evening.

The Foxes extended their unbeaten run to nine Premier League games thanks to excellent goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

The Algeria international lifted a brilliant pass into Vardy for City’s No.9 to open the scoring in the first period, before Mahrez dispatched a stunning effort of his own two minutes into the second half.

Chelsea striker Loic Remy gave Jose Mourinho’s outfit hope with a header 13 minutes from time, but the three points deservedly went to City, and Albrighton was quick to credit his team-mates following the game.

“We didn’t settle for a point – we wanted to win the game – and I think we showed that in the first half,” Albrighton said. “We got on top and we put them under pressure and the goals came at good times, which helped us quite a lot. The boys were fantastic.

“I think we’re playing with freedom and I think you always play better when there’s no pressure on you. Saying that, last season we thrived off the pressure of being in the situation we were in. That started the run off and we’re still going strong.”

The Foxes have taken the Premier League by storm this campaign and while they sit top of the table after 16 games – 20 points above 2014/15 champions Chelsea – Albrighton and his team-mates will not change their 40 point target until it has been achieved.

Albrighton added: “The manager is spot on. Our aim at the start of the season was 40 points to stay in the Premier League and we’ll build from there.

“Once we get to the 40 point mark we’ll start looking at other ambitions and seeing what we can actually do with the season. It could be something special.

“We want to get it wrapped up as soon as possible so we can start thinking about what else we can do with the season. If we play like we did [against Chelsea] and previous weeks then it shouldn’t be long until we get to that mark.”

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