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Chelsea 3-0 Leicester City: Foxes have got to toughen up, says Albrighton

By Matt McGeehan

Published 17/10/2016

Warning: Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton
Warning: Leicester City’s Marc Albrighton

Marc Albrighton has called for Leicester to rediscover their Premier League-winning characteristics.

The Foxes were beaten 3-0 at Chelsea, extending their pointless away start to the season.

Claudio Ranieri's men face Copenhagen in the Champions League on Tuesday, bidding to extend their 100 per cent start to Group G in the first of two straight European matches against the Danes.

And Albrighton wants a response from the Foxes.

"We've got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and go again," he told lcfc.com. "There's no point dwelling on it. We need to get this out of our minds and get back to what we're good at: fighting all over the pitch, getting the spirit of the team, getting in people's faces, be harder to play against, harder to beat and be harder to score against."

Diego Costa was unmarked following a corner as he netted after seven minutes, Eden Hazard struck a second before half-time and Victor Moses hit a late third as the Foxes floundered at the home of their predecessors as champions.

"We've got to stop what we're doing to get ourselves in this position," Albrighton added.

"It's not good enough. We're too easy to score against, we're too easy to beat."

There was an element of luck in Hazard's goal as he received the break of the ball, but Albrighton believes Leicester must work to change their own fortunes after a fourth away loss in the Premier League from four games.

"I'm a keen believer that you create your own luck," he added.

"Last year we had the rub of the green on many occasions.

"If you're not doing the basics as well as you can, things like that go against you."

Chelsea recorded back-to-back clean sheets for the first time since February. Blues' head coach Antonio Conte reverted to a back three for the win at Hull prior to the international break and continued with the system against Leicester.

Next the Blues face former boss Jose Mourinho when Manchester United visit on Sunday.

Defender Gary Cahill told Chelsea TV: "Two clean sheets and two wins. Getting that momentum going is very important for us.

"We're aware we've let some goals in early on (this season).

"It is different when the new manager comes in and we adopt different tactics and different styles. We have to adjust.

"We've gone to a back five. We're playing it well."

Costa has seven goals in eight Premier League games and Cahill called on the striker to receive some support.

"It's important we add some goals throughout different areas of the team," Cahill added.

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