Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Chelsea held to draw by 10-man Leicester

Chelsea held to draw by 10-man Leicester

"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".

Leicester have lost 12 of their last 14 games against Chelsea in all competitions, and they are winless in their last 12 away Premier League games against "big six" opposition (W0 D3 L9) - losing each of the last five.

Leicester City possible XI: Schmeichel, Amartey, Dragovic, Maguire, Fuchs, Albrighton, Ndidi, Iborra, Gray, Mahrez, Vardy.

Anotnio Conte's side missed the chance to go above second-place Manchester United, and could now be overtaken by Liverpool if they beat Manchester City on Sunday.

He said: 'I think that honestly that to find an excuse or alibi we paid a lot for the Arsenal game.

With question marks being raised over the future of Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, he is now odds-on not to be in charge of the club next season.

With most of Leicester City's first choice players now fit and charged, Puel also has the luxury of fielding a fully fit side as opposed to Conte, who will have a relatively exhausted set of players to pick from.

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Asked about Morata's poor display at Stamford Bridge, Conte said: 'I think the problem is the team, not only Morata.

The second half picked up where the first half left off, as Chelsea continued to look off the pace in the games.

"Then when I made a decision to put fresh energy on, the game changed".

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. "Me and the club know very well this situation and for this reason we must have patience to understand there is a process and we are ready to face this process".

Even then Leicester limited them to few clear chances and this game was another clear sign that Claude Puel has the Foxes on the right track.

The Blues have won the last three Premier League meetings between these two and ran out 2-1 victors in the corresponding fixture earlier this season with goals from Alvaro Morata and N'Golo Kante.

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.

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