Chelsea 0 Leicester City 0: Relentless Foxes Deny Chelsea Despite Seeing Red

Leicester's relentless pressing made it hard for the Blues to create opportunities, even after they were reduced to 10 men following the second yellow card shown to Ben Chilwell.

Speaking post-match to Sky Sports, Conte said: "I saw many players were very exhausted and they didn't recover from the Arsenal game". But at the same time I saw great will and desire to win the game.

"Obviously we all feel a little bit exhausted, previous year we went from week to week, but now we have already played a lot of games".

"But something is unusual that after the first game we lost against Burnley (they lost 3-2) the press pushed quickly to sack me for another coach". United's Ander Herrera picked up two yellow cards for challenges on Eden Hazard.

The Italian's touchline antics appeared to irk the Portuguese as he said something in Conte's ear after the final whistle. "This season isn't the only season both Manchester clubs have spent a lot of money".

Alvaro Morata is without a goal in four games for Chelsea but the Spaniard is confident that he will emerge from his rut sooner rather than later.

"I'm doing rotations. Against Norwich I made nine changes, against Arsenal I made 10 changes", he said. "This is not a problem for the club", Conte said. Had he scored, Alonso would have been man of the match, but it wasn't to be and there was little else to commend the wing-back on in a generally lacklustre display.

Chelsea turned their attention back to the Premier League, following their excursions in the League Cup against Arsenal in midweek, by entertaining Leicester City. "We don't believe in signing a player just to sign a player".

And Leicester became the third consecutive team to blunt Chelsea's expesively assembled forward line, coping comfortably with everything Conte's side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.

"He (Mahrez) is happy in playing, in training, he is happy with us and his team mates", Puel said. This is not the Conte that we all know and adore - it's nearly as though he's thrown in the towel. "So let's hope his feelings are better and we have him with us as soon as possible".

  • Julie Sanders