How to Watch Chelsea vs. Leicester City

Tyler Owen
January 14, 2018

Morata scored six goals in his first six league appearances for Chelsea but has netted only four times in his 13 top flight games since.

Misfiring Chelsea missed the chance to climb into second place in the English Premier League by drawing 0-0 at home to 10-man Leicester on Saturday.

Conte was quick to defend his main striker after the match, describing the lack of goals as a "problem not only for Morata but for all of the team" and the fact Chelsea failed to conjure a single clear-cut chance pointed to wider issues in their attacking play.

The Bridge hasn't historically been a happy hunting ground for Leicester City (won just once since 1965), though Claude Puel can derive a lot of confidence from the Blues' shaky form.

"For sure Vardy is a really good player and I don't like to speak about players of other teams, but in this case we are not talking about transfer market".

The draw means Chelsea could lose third spot in the Premier League depending on how Sunday's game between Liverpool and Manchester City pans out.

But Ben Chilwell received two yellow cards inside five minutes in the second half, giving his side a tough final 20 minutes.

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Even though Chelsea are on a run of seven consecutive home wins in the Premier League, the record should barely be a cause for worry, judging by what we've seen from Antonio Conte's side of late, and the quality of the opponents that they've faced during their run (Manchester United being the only exception).

"I think not to find excuses or alibis, today we paid a lot for the effort [against] Arsenal".

Earlier in the season, Frank de Boer's short tenure as Crystal Palace manager ended after defeat against Burnley, but that all seems long ago and the Eagles revival under Roy Hodgson continued with a 1-0 victory over the Clarets.

Antonio Conte has no intention of quitting Chelsea and says it is up to the club whether he stays on as head coach. He's a great player and he knows very well in my first season in Juventus we tried to buy him from Udinese.

Chelsea: Courtois 7; Azpilicueta 6, Cahill 6, Rudiger 5, Moses 5, Bakayoko 5, Kante 6, Fabregas 6, Alonso 6, Hazard 5, Morata 5. Very exhausted. I think we played with tiredness today.

Conte is optimistic the hamstring injury suffered by Gary Cahill is not severe, although the length of absence the captain faces is uncertain. I understand Southampton are unhappy like I was not one time, more than one time when the mistake is against us.

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