Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Daniel Amartey Stars As Leicester City Hold Chelsea

Daniel Amartey Stars As Leicester City Hold Chelsea

With only 41 Premier League goals this season, Chelsea have scored less than any of their top-four rivals and lag 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.

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.

A smattering of boos greeted both the half-time and full-time whistles at an exasperated Stamford Bridge, but speaking after the match Conte claimed that his players were still feeling the effects of their exertion against Arsenal in Wednesday's first leg of the Carabao Cup semifinal.

The draw has now put Conte's men level with Mourinho's side, who have have a game in hand, which is terrible considering that there was a point in late December when they were favorites for the second spot after dismal showings by the Red Devils. There's good news for Claude Puel as Leicester striker Jamie Vardy could make a return to the starting lineup after missing the clash against Fleetwood due to groin injury.

"I am fully committed to Chelsea, to work with my players to try also to improve the club in the football aspect". Very exhausted. I think we played with tiredness today.

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When looking to the bench, Conte did not have the players required to change the game despite Willian and Pedro coming on as Morata once again struggled and Cahill's injury took up one of their options.

Chelsea, now with the man advantage, began to exert more pressure on their visitors who were now playing deeper and trying to deny the hosts any space.

Saturday's clash sees the Premier League winners from the last two seasons go head to head, although neither have realistic hopes of competing for the title this time around.

What won't help this perception either is the fact that Saturday's 0-0 draw with the Foxes was, bizarrely, Chelsea's third goalless game in a row - something which has never happened in the club's history. But I trust in my work and what we are doing in these two seasons. "David Luiz is a defender, and we don't have problems with the defenders".

Chelsea: Courtois 7; Azpilicueta 6, Cahill 6, Rudiger 5, Moses 5, Bakayoko 5, Kante 6, Fabregas 6, Alonso 6, Hazard 5, Morata 5.

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