Defending champions of the English Premier League lost the third round of the EFL Cup match against Chelsea 4-2.

The head coach of the side Claudio Ranieri gave two main reasons for the loss to the Blues. Ranieri claimed the loss was because the Foxes allowed Chelsea to come back in the first half despite going up twice. He said the red card of Marcin Wasilewski was also a game changer.

“There are two keys for this match. The first was when we conceded a goal at the end of the first half and the second key was when Wasilewski was sent off. At that point it was very hard against a team with high quality. They moved the ball very quick, very fast and then it was difficult for us,” Ranieri told Sky Sports.

Leicester went 2-0 with the help of a Shinji Okazaki brace. However, defender Gary Cahill pulled one back for Chelsea in the final seconds of the first half. Chelsea resurged after the recess, and the marching orders of Wasilewski in the 89th minute wrecked the confidence of Leicester. Chelsea equalized and a double from Cesc Fabregas sealed the victory for the visitors.

Before the Chelsea game, the Foxes had defeated this season’s joiners Burnley 3-0 with the club’s record signing this summer lam Slimani showing his worth. The striker got a goal just before the recess from a Fuchs’ free-kick. The Algeria international got another with another header before a Ben Mee’s own goal wrapped up the game for the night. The win comes after 3-0 losses to Club Brugge and 4-1 thrashing from Liverpool. Leicester have struggled to get wins this season after their fairy tale experience last term. With fixtures against Manchester United in the Premier League, Porto in the Champions League, then Southampton and Chelsea in the Premier League, Leicester would have to pull up their socks if they want to enjoy a decent season.