Chelsea fail to beat 10-man Leicester

Annette Crawford
January 14, 2018

Yet still, Chelsea, who had won their previous seven Premier League home games since September's loss to Manchester City, could not break the Foxes down as the Blues followed stalemates with Norwich and Arsenal with a third in a week.

Antonio Conte blamed tiredness for Chelsea's lacklustre performance in their 0-0 draw with Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian has spent much of the season grumbling about the lack of signings made by the club's hierarchy since he led Chelsea to the title last season.

Chelsea were still in disarray after the interval and Riyad Mahrez's deflected effort nearly crept in, prompting Conte to send on Willian and Pedro for Hazard and Fabregas. If Conte is unable to motivate his players then we have very little chance of progressing in the competition. Several called for his sack, and others tried in vain to discern how the move was in any way a positive one with regard to the fixture.

Sky Sports reports that Ben Chilwell was sent off for the visitors in the 68th minute for a second yellow card, but Chelsea still created few clear openings and remain without a win in 2018. But that was simply not to be.

With Tottenham Hotspur playing in Saturday's late kick-off against Everton and runaway leaders Manchester City not facing Liverpool until Sunday, Chelsea were the only top six side involved in a 1500 GMT kick-off.

Conte had seen enough and replaced the disappointing Hazard with Pedro, while Fabregas got the chop for Willian as Chelsea switched to a 3-4-3.

Two former Premier League champions sharing the points between themselves doesn't sound too significant but for the London side, it was more about the manner of the result. "We just have to keep working and keep trying to win every game". "I think a lot of our players were exhausted", the Italian said. I am not anxious, I sleep very well.

"I saw a lot of exhausted players today, and that was a factor today in how the game played how". He says what system we use does not make a difference at the moment.

"The first thing I have to find is the right balance".

Crystal Palace's Bakary Sako scored the only goal of the game in the 21st minute as Roy Hodgson's Eagles saw off Burnley 1-0 at Selhurst Park, while West Ham overpowered Huddersfield Town 4-1.

Morata managed just three touches in the opposition box all game - his worst return from a completed Premier League game this season - while only four completed crosses from 19 attempted illustrated the wayward service on offer.

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