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Conte happy to end Mourinho feud once and for all

14 Января 2018

Chelsea recorded another 0-0 draw against Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but were second best in the first half and the visitors could have earned three points in west London.

Antonio Conte said Chelsea's midweek draw with Arsenal was the reason for their lacklustre 0-0 draw against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

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.

Chelsea stayed in third place, behind second-place Manchester United on goal difference and 15 points off leaders Manchester City. We tried to create chances, to score, and we are not suffering defensively.

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

Speaking to the press, Conte said: "We played with nearly the same players as we did against Arsenal on Wednesday night, and my plan was to play a rotated side in the FA Cup this week".

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Took greater responsibility for monitoring Vardy and Shinji Okazaki when Gary Cahill left the pitch injured, and assuming the captain's role came easily to the Spain worldwide. I saw a lot of players very exhausted.

Despite going down to 10 men with over 20 minutes to play Leicester weren't put under any significant pressure, as Conte somewhat surprisingly withdrew both Hazard and Fabregas for Pedro and Willian.

The Italian has spent much of the season grumbling about the lack of signings made by the club's hierarchy since he led Chelsea to the title last season.

Ndidi came close to scoring with a header in the 14th minute but his effort was parried away by Thibaut Courtois, as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Shinji Okazaki all came close to scoring too.

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.

Marcos Alonso has scored 12 Premier League goals since the start of last season, more than any other defender. We played the game against Arsenal on Wednesday night and we didn't have a lot of time to recover.

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Conte happy to end Mourinho feud once and for all