Frank Lampard’s wait for his first win as Chelsea manager goes on after a disappointing 1-1 draw against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.
After a humiliating 4-0 opening day thrashing at Manchester United, Lampard’s Blues then suffered penalty heartache against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup.
Chelsea have however managed to get off the mark in the league, picking up their first point in their record top scorer’s first home match in charge.
In what was an archetypal game of two halves, Chelsea exploded out of the starting block, putting their opponents on the back foot immediately.
Within just 53 seconds, Pedro’s crisp volley appeared to beat Kasper Schmeichel at his near post but only smashed into the side netting.
A minute later Olivier Giroud found himself in space inside the penalty area, forcing the Leicester keeper into a save before Mount’s follow-up with pushed out for a corner.
From the resulting set-piece, Christain Pulisic managed to get his head to the cross but not enough to find the target.
Leicester were unable to deal with Chelsea’s dominance and on just 6 minutes, Mount dispossessed Foxes midfielder Wilfred Ndidi on the edge of the penalty area before drilling the ball past Schmeichel for the lead.
The 20-year-old was making his home debut for the Blues and could have endeared himself to the Stamford Bridge crowd further on 20 minutes but could only put his free header into the grateful arms of Schmeichel.
N’Golo Kante also had a chance to double Chelsea’s advantage but his effort from six yards was blocked by his former Leicester teammate Christian Fuchs.
Brendan Rogers’ side were fortunate to go in only a goal down at the break and knew a vast improvement would be needed after the break.
Leicester’s own superstar youngster James Maddison saw more of the ball and as the Foxes pushed for an equaliser.
The 22-year-old who would go on to be named man of the match managed to work his way into the box on 50 minutes taking the ball past a prone Kepa but from a tight angle his teasing cross was cleared.
Chelsea failed to heed the warning signs and Maddison was to be involved in Leicester’s equaliser on 67 minutes, firing in an inch-perfect cross for Ndidi to power home a header from 6 yards.
The Nigerian managed to drift between the Blues defence to send his header beyond Kepa and go some way to redeeming himself for his first half error.
Leicester were in the ascendancy and Maddison had the chance to put his side in front five minutes later but skied his effort over the bar from close range after working his way into the area.
Another Maddison through ball found Jamie Vardy but the England striker screwed his shot wide of Kepa’s goal.
With the clock winding down, it was the visitors who looked more likely to nick a winner and Kepa was called into action once more palming away Youri Tielemans’ effort from close range.
Chelsea’s rare attacks only amounted to speculative efforts from Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham but neither of their efforts troubled Schmeichel’s goal.
Leicester may have taken a point before kick off but will likely be disappointed not to have taken all three, particularly when Vardy miscued his ambitious flick in stoppage time which could have won his side the match.
A draw was perhaps the fairest result on the day but Lampard will be disappointed his team failed to press home the early advantage and the wait goes on for a first win as Chelsea boss.