Raheem Sterling’s first goal for Chelsea gave the 10-man Blues a 2-1 win over Leicester in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Sterling’s second half proved decisive at Stamford Bridge as the hosts beat England midfielder Conor Gallagher’s opening innings.
Manager Thomas Tuchel was also absent after a clash with Antonio Conte in the opening home match against Tottenham, while Gallagher was dismissed in the 28th minute after receiving two yellow cards.
Chelsea were awarded an early penalty when Ruben went down in the Loftus-Cheek box, but referee Paul Tierney reversed his decision after Kai Havertz was ruled offside in the buildup.
Seven minutes before the break, the visitors thought they had taken the lead when Harvey Barnes went home, but the attempt was rejected for a foul on Blues goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
The hosts came close to breaking the deadlock four minutes later when Reece James hit the post with an effort from Sterling’s cross, then Jamie Vardy shot wide at the other end after good work from Yuri Tielemans.
A little more than a minute after the restart, Sterling broke the deadlock with a shot from the edge of the field, after being found by Mark Cucurella.
The Blues, who introduced Cesar Azpilicueta at halftime, went four to three from behind and looked more dangerous.
He doubled his lead in the 63rd minute when Sterling tapped James’ cross at the far post. However, Fox pulled back three minutes later when Barnes defeated Mendy at his close position.
Vardy fired a shot into the side netting and Ayoze Perez came close as the visitors sought an equalizer. However, Chelsea persisted for their first home win.
Leicester defender Wesley Fofana was dropped from Brendan Rodgers’ squad, with reports suggesting he is close to finalizing a transfer to Chelsea.