Premier League: Chelsea FC draw 0-0 at home vs Leicester City

first_imgChelsea put yet another drab show at home as they were held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City in the Premier League on Saturday.Slumping to their third straight goalless draw, after 0-0 Cup stalemates against Norwich City and Arsenal, Chelsea did not look sharp enough, with Alvaro Morata looking frustrated.With the draw, Chelsea gave Manchester United an advantage in the race to the second place in the league table, as Manchester City are the runaway leaders this season.Chelsea are now third in the league table at 47 points, currently the same as Manchester United who will take on struggling Stoke City on Monday. Manchester City are comfortable on top of the table with a 15-point advantage over both the teams.ALSO WATCHThe champions struggled for much of the game against the team that won the title a year before them, with Leicester creating a string of chances in the first half, thanks in large part to winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been the subject of constant transfer speculation.Chelsea improved after coach Antonio Conte replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas with Pedro and Willian in the 58th minute.But even though Leicester went down to 10 men when defender Ben Chilwell was booked twice in five minutes midway through the second half, the home side failed to capitalise on the advantage, lacking ruthlessness and the final incisive pass.”I think I saw a lot of very tired players,” Conte said. “We suffered a lot, then when I decided to put fresh energy on we had a big chance to score.”advertisementChelsea have played seven games in the last three weeks, including a League Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday.Morata has failed to score for five games but Conte said the problem was not with his striker.”The problem is for the team not only for Morata,” he said. “Compared to last season we are conceding less. But at the same time we are showing not great quality in our finishing… it’s not just Morata.”Leicester coach Claude Puel said he felt his side had dropped two points, based on the their performance until the sending off.”In the end it was a good point, playing 10 against eleven… I think the sending off was harsh,” he said.Puel’s side defended patiently and in numbers for the last 20 minutes, Harry Maguire and Aleksandar Dragovic snuffing out Chelsea moves and Algerian Mahrez looking dangerous on the break.”He (Mahrez) is happy in playing, in training, he is happy with us and his team mates,” Puel said. “There is a lot of speculation about the players… and we want to keep our best player.”The London side meet Norwich City in an FA Cup replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img

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