Leicester boss Nigel Pearson says the Premier League new boys will not set their stall out to defend against title favourites Chelsea, and has vowed to go on the attack.
Last season Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho hit out at some sides, West Ham in particular, for ‘parking the bus’ in front of their goalmouth but Pearson says the Foxes will not be sitting back.
Leicester opened the season with a 2-2 draw at home to Everton last weekend, twice coming from behind, and Pearson is hoping they can build on that point at Stamford Bridge, despite the Blues impressing in a 3-1 win at Burnley in their opening match.
“Chelsea at Stamford Bridge speaks for itself,” he said. “Their record there is very good but we have to think of this as something of a bonus.
“Not many people give us much hope but we have a strong resolve. If we can be an awkward customer I’ll be happy. But we have some good footballers.
“We may be need a bit of time for our players to dictate the tempo a bit better. There are a lot of counter-attacking sides in the Premier League.
“I don’t want us to just soak pressure. We need to give each other enough options to maximise our offensive players. We have some threats.”
Leicester are on offer at a huge price of 12.55 to pull off what would certainly be considered as a shock win, with Chelsea installed as the 1.18 favourites, while the draw can be backed at 7.00.