Chelsea were unable to close out their first win of the Frank Lampard era as Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi enjoyed a redemption tale in Sunday's 1-1 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

Mason Mount embarrassed Ndidi to score his first Chelsea goal in the seventh minute as the hosts started superbly.

But, as in the 4-0 loss at Manchester United seven days ago and the UEFA Super Cup penalty shoot-out defeat to Liverpool in midweek, the Blues were unable to sustain their efforts over the course of the contest.

Ndidi levelled as James Maddison made life increasingly uncomfortable for Chelsea after the interval, meaning Brendan Rodgers' side have started their campaign with back-to-back draws.

Lampard was serenaded on to the touchline in his first home game at the helm and a party atmosphere was almost ramped up inside the first minute – Pedro thumping a volley from Olivier Giroud's knockdown into the side netting.

It was a high-tempo start from the hosts, with Kasper Schmeichel denying Mount and smothering Christian Pulisic's attempted follow-up.

The opener felt inevitable and Mount pickpocketed a lackadaisical Ndidi to clip into the bottom corner.

Schmeichel was well-positioned to prevent Mount from heading a second before Christian Fuchs made a goal-saving challenge that denied N'Golo Kante.

Leicester grew into the game before the break and Maddison rounded a scrambling Kepa Arrizabalaga before being crowded out five minutes into the second half.

The playmaker twisted past Anders Christensen and hitf a shot across the face of goal as Chelsea struggled to find their earlier momentum.

If not in the same emphatic manner as Chelsea's goal, the equaliser felt like it was coming by the time Ndidi atoned for his earlier error and converted Maddison's 67th-minute corner.

Maddison's dazzling, inventive play merited reward but he lashed wastefully over 17 minutes from time, before playing in Jamie Vardy to shoot wide. The full-time whistle ultimately felt like more of a relief for a Chelsea side exhausted and overrun by that stage.

 

What does it mean? Lampard's vibrant side need substance to match style

As in his first two matches in charge, Lampard saw Chelsea play some wonderful football in patches but once Leicester gained a foothold, they struggled to turn the contest back in their favour. Having come through an early onslaught, Rodgers' men stated their top-six credentials in assured fashion.

Mount and Maddison impress

A week on from Jose Mourinho querying his place in the Chelsea starting XI, England Under-21 international Mount turned in a performance as tenacious as it was technically assured. Maddison is a more established Premier League performer, having created 100 chances last season, and Chelsea found him increasingly unplayable as the game went on. England manager Gareth Southgate will undoubtedly have an eye on such exciting creative talents ahead of Euro 2020.

Azpilicueta lets it slip

Lampard's Chelsea do appear defensively short, especially as they wait for Antonio Rudiger to regain full fitness in the wake of David Luiz's departure to Arsenal. The rookie coach could certainly do without the club's most reliable defensive performer hitting a slump. Cesar Azpilicueta was culpable in the Old Trafford defeat and lost Ndidi for the Foxes' equaliser.

What's next?

The Championship's top two from last season – each bolstered by weekend wins – are next on the agenda for these sides. Chelsea travel to take on Norwich City, while Leicester are in action at Sheffield United. It is time for both to add victories to their promise.

Brendan Rodgers says Frank Lampard is the "perfect" coach to take Chelsea forward.

Lampard has lost his opening two competitive matches in charge of the Blues, going down 4-0 at Manchester United in the Premier League before Tammy Abraham's shoot-out miss saw Liverpool edge the UEFA Super Cup.

Chelsea welcome Rodgers' Leicester City – who drew 0-0 with Wolves in their opening outing – to Stamford Bridge in Lampard's first home match on Sunday.

Despite a difficult start, Rodgers believes former Derby County boss Lampard is an ideal fit for Chelsea, where the former England midfielder spent 13 years as a player and became the club's record goalscorer.

"I think Frank has done very well since he has gone in," Rodgers, a former Chelsea youth coach, told a news conference.

"This is a team that finished third and won the Europa League. I think Frank is perfect for it. He and Jody [Morris], they understand the fabric of Chelsea, what it's about.

"You go with your gut feeling. He's been around a long time. He understands the club, the expectancy.

"He's a hero for the supporters. He'll want to win and succeed as a manager. He's got great staff around him who also understand Chelsea and then he'll have that support."

While first-team regulars Eden Hazard and David Luiz left Chelsea in the close season Lampard has been unable to bring in any new signings due to a transfer ban, though Rodgers has no doubt the 41-year-old will still succeed.

"I don't think it will have a bearing," Rodgers added. "They will have the squad to cope with that, when you're in European competitions you have to have the squad to compete in that. They'll be looking to put on a good performance in their first home game under Frank."

Lampard was equally as complementary about Rodgers, whose side have been tipped to challenge for a top-six finish this season despite selling England defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United for a reported £80million.

"[I've got a] really good relationship with Brendan," Lampard told reporters. "It was obvious when he was here he was going to go on to big things.

"He's forward thinking, very open with his players and he's proved that in his career. I look forward to seeing him."

Brendan Rodgers says Leicester City were priced out of buying a replacement for Harry Maguire, who has earned praise from his former manager for his conduct while he waited to join Manchester United.

Maguire became the world's most expensive defender on Monday when United's reported bid of £80million was accepted by Leicester, ending a transfer saga that lasted throughout the transfer window.

City spent the final few days of the window looking to fill the void left by Maguire, with Bournemouth's Nathan Ake and James Tarkowski of Burnley said to have been their two main targets.

But Rodgers claimed the Foxes were quoted prices that did not reflect the value of the club's targets and is hoping others already in the squad can now step up.

"We looked but the market proved too difficult. But we're equally comfortable working with the players we have," Rodgers said.

"It was always going to be a very difficult market. But the club prepared for that eventuality a year ago by bringing in two outstanding young centre-halves in Caglar [Soyuncu] and Filip [Benkovic].

"We knew we had those guys there, along with Jonny Evans, who is a top centre-half. Wes Morgan as well, who is a great leader and great captain."

Maguire had been the subject of intense interest from United prior to the big-money deal going through this week, while Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola also admitted to being a big fan of the England international.

Speaking ahead of Leicester's opening Premier League match of the season against Wolves on Sunday, Rodgers was keen to thank the outgoing defender for the professionalism he showed in the final stages of his Foxes stint.

"We lost a very important player in Harry, who was a very good man," he said.

"What Harry did over the course of the summer was show how to conduct yourself with professionalism and respect for your club and your team-mates. He showed that good guys get what they want in the end."

Leicester City and Manchester United have agreed a reported £80million deal for the transfer of defender Harry Maguire, Foxes manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Maguire, 26, has been the subject of transfer speculation since the 2018-19 campaign concluded, with United and Manchester City said to have been leading the race.

But with City reportedly ruling themselves out a while ago, United have had a clean run and look to have finally got their man despite Leicester holding out for a massive fee which is expected to see Maguire become the world's most expensive defender.

Speaking after Leicester's 2-1 friendly win over Atalanta, Rodgers confirmed an agreement has been reached between the clubs following negotiations.

Rodgers told Sky Sports: "Until it goes through - there's obviously been communications between the clubs - but there's still a bit to go in terms of medical and personal terms.

"It is what it is. He's a special player, not one we want to leave, but we'll see over the course of the weekend if there's anything more. At this point the clubs have agreed [a fee]."

Maguire joined Leicester from Hull City two years ago for a deal said to be worth £17m, meaning the club stand to make a profit of around £63m on the centre-back.

During his time at Leicester, Maguire has established himself as a regular in the England starting XI and emerged as one of the Premier League's best centre-backs, though Rodgers accepts the Foxes have got themselves a great deal.

"It's an incredible piece of business," he added. "If you look at market over the last few years, it changes.

"He's a top-class player, a good man. This is a guy who knows there's been interest, he's been super professional, been with his team-mates throughout.

"He's been a good guy. Individuals have their own goals and obviously all players, including Harry, have a valuation."

Brendan Rodgers says there have been no changes relating to Harry Maguire's future at Leicester City.

England defender Maguire continues to be linked with both Manchester City and Manchester United, with Leicester rejecting two bids earlier in the transfer window.

Maguire, who started in a pre-season game at Stoke City on Saturday, is reportedly valued at £80million by the Foxes.

And with the Premier League's transfer window shutting in less than two weeks, Rodgers issued an update on the 26-year-old's situation.

"He's been brilliant since the first day of pre-season," Rodgers said of Maguire.

"There's a lot of speculation around Harry, but he's just got on with it. Like I've always said, we're all pretty relaxed with it.

"We're looking to prepare the whole team and squad and Harry's a part of that. He was excellent [Saturday], he's working very hard.

"There's no discussion. I know you guys [the media] are looking for updates, but there's no change from the other night."

Rodgers previously suggested Leicester had a cut-off point after which bids for Maguire would not be considered, due to the club's lack of time to secure a replacement.

"I haven't really thought about that," Rodgers added. "We have two weeks left to go in the window for all of the players. I think it's just a case of everyone staying focused."

Brendan Rodgers says he is "relaxed" over the future of Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, who continues to be linked to Manchester United.

England defender Maguire was the subject of two rejected bids from United earlier this month, while their Premier League rivals Manchester City are also reportedly interested.

Maguire, said to be valued in the region of £80million by the Foxes, started for Leicester in a pre-season win at Cambridge United on Tuesday, scoring their first goal with a header.

And although Maguire's future is still the subject of strong speculation, Rodgers claims not to be concerned about Leicester's prize asset.

"We're very relaxed," Rodgers told Sky Sports. "The clubs that have spoken to Leicester have not met any valuation that the club has put on him, so at this moment in time he's very much a Leicester player, and you can see where his concentration is, and it's very much here.

"I'm quite relaxed. It's all 'what if?' At this moment in time there's nothing there that is going to tempt the club at all. The club don't need to sell, the club don't want to sell.

"Harry is working with a group of fantastic players and is at a great club, and like I say times have changed in football, where at times with other clubs you would have had to sell a player, but it's not the case.

"He's a player that is training, working. What I would say is he's been the ultimate professional. It's actually been a joy to work with him, because I've been in this situation with a number of players, but his concentration is fully on Leicester.

"You see by his performance, and in training every day he's been absolutely first class."

But asked if Maguire wants to stay with the Foxes, Rodgers added: "That's not really for me to say."

Leicester City have rejected two bids for rumoured Manchester United and Manchester City target Harry Maguire, Brendan Rodgers has said.

England international Maguire is thought to be of interest to both Manchester clubs, with United having been linked with the 26-year-old a year ago during Jose Mourinho's time in charge.

A deal did not materialise then and the defender signed a new five-year contract in September 2018.

However, United are said to have renewed their interest and Leicester boss Rodgers revealed on Tuesday that his club had turned down two offers for a player the Foxes are thought to value at £80million.

In quotes published by the Leicester Mercury after Maguire played 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly against Scunthorpe United, Rodgers said: "It's pretty simple really and we're quite relaxed about it.

"Harry is a top-class player. Of course, he has attracted interest with two bids coming in but they nowhere near meet the valuation of the club.

"Harry is relaxed about it – we are. He's been absolutely brilliant, I have to add, because I've been in a similar situation a number of times and it can be very difficult for players, but he's a special guy."

There have been reports that Maguire has informed Leicester of his desire to leave and though Rodgers would not comment on those suggestions, he did admit he saw the appeal of the clubs linked with his player.

"Any conversation with me and a player would be private," he added.

"If a team like Man City or Man United are interested, I understand the attraction.

"We're relaxed because until the valuation is met, there's not a decision to be made."

Leicester City have signed Ayoze Perez from Newcastle United in a deal reported to be worth £30million.

Spanish striker Perez has signed a four-year deal at the King Power Stadium after Leicester activated the buy-out clause in his Newcastle contract.

"I'm very happy and very pleased. I'm very proud to be part of the Leicester family and I can't wait to get started," Perez told LCFC TV.

"The club want to keep growing as much as they can and that's something I like. I spoke with the manager and that was important. That made me feel very comfortable about the decision to come here."

Brendan Rodgers said: "I think Ayoze will be a wonderful addition to the squad. He's quick, has a good eye for goal and he's experienced in the Premier League too.

"I think he's a player who will excite our supporters, and his style is one that I believe complements the options and quality that we already have here at the football club."

The 25-year-old, who joined the Magpies from Tenerife in 2014, scored 13 goals in all competitions for the Magpies in 2018-19, taking his tally for the club to 48 in 195 appearances.

Foxes boss Rodgers was heavily reliant on Jamie Vardy towards the end of last season and the former England forward netted 18 Premier League goals to help the club secure a ninth-place finish.

Perez's arrival follows that of defender James Justin from Luton Town and comes amid reports centre-back Harry Maguire is nearing a transfer to Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers says he has always been impressed by Raheem Sterling's drive to be "one of the best" as he prepares to face the Manchester City forward on Monday.

Leicester City boss Rodgers was in charge at Liverpool as Sterling established himself as a star before moving to the Etihad Stadium ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

That switch made Sterling unpopular with Reds fans, yet he has established himself as one of the Premier League's top players, winning the Football Writers' Association Footballer of the Year and Professional Footballers' Association Young Player of the Year awards this season.

While Rodgers was sacked at Anfield soon after Sterling's transfer, he is delighted that the move panned out for the England international.

The Leicester manager ranks the 24-year-old as "clearly one of the best players in the world" and revealed this had been a stated aim for the forward from a young age.

"What I loved about Raheem was that, for a young boy, he knew what he wanted to be," Rodgers told reporters.

"When I ask young players what is it they want to achieve, he wanted to be one of the best players in the world - at that age [17]. And that was where he was unique, because sometimes the British players may not have that ambition.

"Off the pitch, he's an incredible kid. He's very loving and supportive of his family. You see a lot of the things that he does, and that's not just now – that's how he was back then as a young boy.

"He had a great base at Liverpool and then went on. He's taken his game to a level where he's clearly one of the best players in the world.

"He's a great talent and a great father as well – he would bring his daughter around to the house to play. He's a really special player and a really great boy."

And Rodgers explained that it was this ambition, rather than financial gain, that led to Sterling's move.

"For Raheem, it was never ever about money," he said. "If it was about money, he could have stayed at Liverpool. It was about being the best he can be.

"And in that moment there was an opportunity to go to Manchester City, where they had top-class players. He's gone in there and developed and become a winner, which is clear to see in his game.

"I look at Pep Guardiola's team and it's not the same if he's not in it. What a testament that is to a young English player."

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