Chelsea held 0-0 at home by Leicester

Aubrey Yates
January 14, 2018

A second goal in two games from Bakary Sako was enough to secure the three points for the Eagles that would take the hosts up to 12th, and into serious contention for a top-10 finish having looked like near-certainties for relegation a few weeks ago.

Chelsea missed a chance to go second in the Premier League as they were held to a 0-0 draw by a relentless Leicester City side that finished the match with 10 men.

Chelsea were poor for large parts of todays game, and Leicester dominated proceddings at times.

Jamie Vardy nearly opened the scoring in the eighth minute after being sent clear on the right side of the box by Ben Chilwell, but he could not find the target with a right-footed strike. We played the game against Arsenal on Wednesday night and we didn't have a lot of time to recover. Besides, with Leicester's Okazaki playing a typically energetic role and dropping back onto his old teammate N'Golo Kante to ensure Leicester weren't overrun, Chelsea didn't even have the numerical advantage in midfield that Conte may have expected. We suffered a lot in the first half and at the start of the second half.

The Australian is concerned that Conte could be suffering from the much dreaded "second season" syndrome, much like former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti did earlier this decade.

Wilfred Ndidi's header was kept out by Thibaut Courtois at full stretch before Aleksander Dragovic was denied on the follow-up, while Kasper Schmeichel spread himself well to block Cesc Fabgregas' attempt from a narrow angle moments later in what was an already open encounter.

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Chelsea's stuttering form in front of goal continued against Leicester City on Saturday and made a piece of unwanted history for the Blues. I thought that two games, after two-and-a-half days, for the same players was normal to recover.

Gary Cahill came off in the 33rd minute for Chelsea with an apparent hamstring injury.

"Compared to last season we are conceding less, we are showing great solidity defensively".

Whereas Chelsea stormed to the title last season after Antonio Conte's switch to a three-man defence, his default formation this time around has been the 3-5-2.

The first came in the 63rd minute for bringing down Willian on the right-hand side of the pitch and just five minutes later as he caught Victor Moses high after lunging in to try and win the ball.

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