Leicester City take on Chelsea in the Premier League at the King Power Stadium on 14 January, Saturday.
Marcos Alonso may have seemed an unlikely match-winner in the absence of Diego Costa, but the left-back's double at Leicester helped Chelsea pull off a morale-boosting 3-0 victory which gets them back on track and sends out an important message about the Premier League leaders' resilience.
Everton winger Yannick Bolasie feels it is "frightening" the way Chinese Super League clubs are acting in the transfer market, amid talk interest from China has unsettled Chelsea striker Diego Costa.
Reports emerged on Friday that the Brazil-born Spain worldwide, Chelsea's top scorer with 14 league goals, had been dropped by coach Antonio Conte after a training-ground row over his fitness.
The West Londoners remain five points clear at the summit and with second-placed Liverpool facing a tough trip to Manchester United on Sunday, Chelsea will not want to miss this opportunity to pile on the pressure by opening up an eight point gap.
Before the game, though, Chelsea released quotes from Conte on their official Twitter site saying that Costa had not trained since Tuesday because of "a pain in his back".
Conte was then asked about reports that had suggested he had fallen out with the striker.
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He's already defected from Brazil, his native country, to play for Spain and has no real affinity with England and the Premier League.
In both of Chelsea's games without Costa, they have recorded 3-0 wins after their last victory over Bournemouth.
"I think Ndidi may play". "The club did not inform me about this and for this reason it can be only speculation", he said on the latter. "I must be pleased with my players, to work with them and to continue to work with them". Leicester are the champions from last season, they have a lot of good players with good quality, they have impressed me.
But when asked whether his injury had come after a dispute and an offer from China, Conte told BT Sport: "I don't know about this because I repeat the truth is what I told you before".
"For sure I consider Leicester a really good team, with good players".
"I don't know anything about this", the Italian told reporters. Three seasons ago they fight to win the Championship, two seasons ago they were battling against relegation and in the end they survived and last season they won the title.