Leicester 0 Chelsea 3: Rudiger, Kante, and Pulisic all score for the Blues, who lay the Premier League title gauntlet down.

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Leicester 0 Chelsea 3: Rudiger, Kante, and Pulisic all score as the Blues lay down the gauntlet for the Premier League title.

THOMAS TUCHEL can say it’s a marathon until he’s blue in the face, but his Chelsea hotshots are clearly planning to sprint the entire distance.

Tuchel has demanded that his early-season pacesetters demonstrate their ability to finish the race after flying out of the gates.

If their King Power caning is any indication, they’ll need binoculars to spot the chasing pack before long, as they’ve turned what appeared to be a difficult journey into a stroll.

Long before Christian Pulisic’s late third, goals from Antonio Rudiger and N’Golo Kante had put the game out of reach.

The Foxes, on the other hand, at times looked as if they knew their manager wouldn’t be around for long.

And, if the ‘Brendan Rodgers for Old Trafford’ rumors are true, they may be correct.

Not that this was the best example of Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri’s potential as the next Manchester United manager.

He isn’t the first manager to have his team thrashed by a Chelsea side that is getting closer to being the finished article every week under Tuchel.

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You’d never guess it from the way the German was bouncing around, windmilling his arms, and yelling at his players.

And don’t forget, this is the Tuchel who claims to have calmed down significantly since his days at Borussia Dortmund and PSG.

To be honest, there wasn’t much for him to get worked up about at the King Power… but he made it work.

It could have had something to do with the fact that his team took 13 minutes to break through.

Maybe it was because they were only two ahead at halftime, when they could have been a half-dozen.

It couldn’t have been that the outcome was ever in doubt… it didn’t appear to be for a single minute, even before Rudiger’s goal.

Wilfred Ndidi got underneath a Ben Chilwell corner, Timothy Castagne couldn’t get across in time, and Rudiger planted a header into the far top corner.

Chilwell, who has never been forgiven by Leicester fans for his comments when he left for Stamford Bridge a year or so ago, had a sweet assist.

And boy, didn’t they let him know when he smashed the crossbar with an even earlier chance, courtesy of a stunning crossfield free kick by Jorginho.

If one old boy bit the Foxes’ fingers, it wasn’t long before another chomped on the hand that used to…

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