10-man Leicester City hold Chelsea to goalless draw


Chelsea can climb above Manchester United into second place in the Premier League if they beat Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday as Week 23 of the Premier League campaign gets underway.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte suggests that fatigue was responsible for his side's goalless draw at home to Leicester City.

It was Chelsea's third successive goalless draw in all competition - for the first time in their history - following stalemates with Norwich and Arsenal.

The visitors enjoyed the best chances in the first half, with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez being too much for the Blues' defence for most of the opening 45 minutes, but the Foxes were unable to find a way through.

"When I made a decision to put fresh energy (substitutes Willian and Pedro), the game changed".

In contrast to Chelsea's lethargy, Leicester were electric, particularly Jamie Vardy, who harried the Blues' defenders, and in-form Riyad Mahrez, whose deflected shot nearly caught out Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian had been at full stretch to parry Ndidi's header.

Asked about Morata's poor display at Stamford Bridge, Conte said: 'I think the problem is the team, not only Morata.

"I think in our games against the great teams, we have always had good situations and good possibilities - like against Manchester United and Tottenham".

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"We suffered a lot first half, at the start of the second half".

Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson scored to secured a 2-0 win for West Bromwich Albion over Brighton & Hove Albion - their rirst victory in 21 league games.

Speculation about his future only seems to be spurring Mahrez on and he was good again today, looking risky every time he carried ball forward and causing Chelsea all sorts of problems.

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Equally important, winning in fine style would also help re-balance Conte's state of mind and perhaps help him realise that settling his feud with Mourinho can be done on the pitch by his team playing a better brand of football and winning more trophies.

The Blues have won the last three Premier League meetings between these two and ran out 2-1 victors in the corresponding fixture earlier this season with goals from Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante.

What's your take? Let us know. We created chances to score. The Belgian is the one who everyone connected to Chelsea turns to when they are need of a goal.