Chelsea vs Leicester player ratings: Was N'Golo Kante the star man against his former club?

The Blues swept Leicester aside at Stamford Bridge to keep their title hopes alive

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Diego Costa scored his seventh Premier League goal of the season as Chelsea claimed a 3-0 win over champions Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

Costa netted after seven minutes and Eden Hazard struck a second before half-time the Foxes floundered at the home of their predecessors as champions.

Both goalscorers celebrated by paying tribute to Willian, who is on compassionate leave following the death of his mother.

David Luiz hit the crossbar with a free-kick as Chelsea dominated, with former Foxes midfielder N'Golo Kante excelling, before Victor Moses struck a late third.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte laughed off suggestions he was about to be sacked after some bookmakers suspended betting on his departure on Thursday.

Claudio Ranieri knows what it is liked to be fired by Chelsea, so does Jose Mourinho, who brings his Manchester United side to Stamford Bridge on October 23 on Sunday week. That will be another test for Conte's side.

The odds of Ranieri leaving Leicester may be shortening after a start to the season which has seen the champions collect eight points from eight games. Chelsea now have 16.

Who was your star man? See our gallery above and let us know in the comments below... Additional reporting by PA.