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Why Joao Felix was hooked at half-time in Chelsea’s win over Leicester

Chelsea head coach Graham Potter has, late on Saturday, provided an insight into his decision to haul Joao Felix off at half-time in the club’s meeting with Leicester City.

Chelsea, of course, were back in action a short time ago.

Fresh off sending Borussia Dortmund packing from the Champions League in midweek, the Blues turned their attentions back towards matters on the domestic front, hopeful of making it three wins on the spin across all competitions at the expense of the aforementioned Leicester.

And, when all was said and done at the King Power Stadium, this is precisely what Graham Potter’s troops went on to manage.

This came as strikes on the part of all of Ben Chilwell, Kai Havertz and Mateo Kovacic proved enough to put hosts Leicester to the sword by three goals to one.

On an otherwise stellar day’s work for Chelsea on Saturday, however, as alluded to above, one Blues star to have endured an outing to forget came in the form of Joao Felix.

Speaking to the media post-match, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of Felix’s early withdrawal was put to boss Graham Potter.

Despite his mistake having led directly to Leicester levelling things up at the King Power, though, Potter was keen to assure that Felix was not taken off as punishment, with the call instead simply a ‘tactical’ one:

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