Chelsea 4-0 Leicester: 3 takeaways from a joyful evening away from home

In response to its second defeat in the Women's Super League this season, Chelsea Women took down Willie Kirk's up-and-coming Leicester City team in the east Midlands.
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Mayra Ramirez
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2. Mayra Ramirez's determination pays off as officials once again disappoint

There were numerous Blues that had themselves an evening, but the former Levante striker took home our Player of the Match award. Leicester was coming up with some illegal ways of keeping Ramirez at bay. You can't just stop her. It requires a tug of the jersey, a grab of an arm, or some sort of elbow that once again goes unnoticed by the center official.

"She showed her qualities, held the ball up well, led the line, and scored a fantastic goal," the Blues' sideline stated. "Good luck going 50-50 with her – they are not fouls, she is just stronger. She looked fresh and dangerous going forward. She is still adapting but she is slowly settling in and understanding our way of playing. She wanted to be important to the team in this game and she absolutely did that."

Her tenacity game in and game out is something else. None of the poor officiating affected her play on the pitch. The Colombian won eight duels, three of which were in the air, the most of any player at the King Power on Sunday. According to Phoebe Cross, No. 35 in Elton Blue was fouled just three times. If you asked me, I'd double that total, and add a penalty earned in the first half.

1. Chelsea overcome first half lull many expected the Foxes to create on home soil

This was not as straightforward of a match as most of the past visits to LCFC were for the Blues. Kirk's team is not going to be fighting for itself until the last matchday of the season. Players like Yuka Momiki, CJ Bott, and Jutta Rantala tested the west Londoners, creating multiple chances through controlled possession. Chelsea's midfield struggled to secure authority. Between about the 10' through the 36', the Foxes were on top. Kirk should feel disappointed. That chunk in the first half deserved at least the reward of a goal. In the first 17 minutes, LCFC matched the Blues in total shots. After that, the west Londoners outshot the east Midlands outfit 16-1.

The way the club responded was the way you expect champions would away from home. Hannah Hampton was forced into three critical saves to pick up a clean sheet for the sixth time out of the last seven fixtures across all competitions. Against any WSL outfit now, finding that 7-0 triumph is not going to be a simple task. Credit Hayes' team for adjusting, asserting its dominance with little room for error in this final WSL stretch.

Next up for Chelsea is an opportunity to enact revenge on the road against Manchester City in the Conti Cup semifinals on Thursday, March 7.