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Below-par Blues held by Leicester

Below-par Blues held by Leicester Below-par Blues held by Leicester
Lucia Summers | 14 January, 2018, 15:29

Chelsea were held to a goalless draw for the third time in succession in all competitions as they were held 0-0 by 10-man Leicester City in a vibrant Premier League encounter at Stamford Bridge.

Whether it's fitness concerns or a tactical decision which leads to Conte's tendency to remove Hazard from the fray, supporters are unhappy that their best player isn't being allowed to help the side when they're chasing a goal.

After a quiet start to the second half, Antonio Conte made a double substitution by bringing on Willian in place of Fabregas and also withdrawing Hazard for Pedro. "We created chances to score but at the end the result was fair".

Currently, Chelsea rely heavily on one system to beat teams - their 3-5-2.

Antonio Conte had said before the match that Leicester were the "worst" side for Chelsea to face after a busy recent run of fixtures, and so it proved as the visitors came flying out of the traps and immediately applied pressure.

Gary Cahill was taken off injured on 33 minutes and Conte continued: "I think he is with the doctor now, but it's okay, I do not think it was serious".

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Chelsea have had a busier schedule and played the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday, but they have home advantage and I think they will make it count. "I saw many, many players very exhausted".

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.

FW Willian, 6 - Gave Chelsea more impetus going forward, which wasn't hard, but failed to find a way through Leicester's well-organised backline.

Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-gasp equaliser denied Southampton a first win in 10 matches, with the midfielder diverting the ball in with his arm a minute before fulltime as hosts Watford came from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw. Mourinho and Ancelotti both failed to win their 31st home games in charge.

October 2017: After United beat Benfica in the Champions League, Mourinho aimed a jibe at Conte: "I never speak about injuries".

In the other Premier League games on Saturday, Crystal Palace edged past Burnley 1-0, thanks to a first half goal by Bakary Sako.

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