Football: Chelsea hammer Leicester 3-0 in battle of last two champions, Foxes lose 4th game

Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores their second goal against Leicester City. Chelsea won 3-0.
Chelsea's Eden Hazard scores their second goal against Leicester City. Chelsea won 3-0. PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Chelsea demolished the team who succeeded them as English Premier League winners when champions Leicester City succumbed tamely 0-3 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Goals from the Premier League's leading marksman Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Victor Moses ensured Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri's visit to his old club was a far cry from five months ago, when the Foxes received a guard of honour for their title triumph.

The unmarked Spaniard's seventh-minute strike was his seventh goal of the season, before Chelsea's dominance was further rewarded, following more comedy defending, by the Belgian's expertly-taken second.

The Nigerian finished a brilliant one-two 10 minutes from time to leave Leicester as the first English top-flight champions since Blackburn Rovers 21 years ago to lose their opening four away games of the season.