Leicester Worst Team For Us To Face - Antonio Conte Assesses Chelsea's Draw

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte attributed the poor performance in the 0-0 draw with Leicester to tiredness

Antonio Conte came to the defence of Alvaro Morata as he blamed tiredness in his Chelsea squad for their record-breaking third goalless draw in a week yesterday against Leicester City.

Antonio Conte's Premier League champions are yet to win since calendars flicked over to 2018, drawing all four of their games in all competitions and failing to score in their last three.

Leicester dominated at Stamford Bridge until Leicester left back Ben Chilwell was sent off after receiving a second yellow card in the 68th minute for a lunge at Victor Moses. 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.

Chelsea's Italian coach will of course be aware that his team need to get back to winning ways quickly, or he may find himself coming under serious pressure.

Leicester have shown a marked improvement under Puel and have pulled away from the relegation zone to sit eighth, whilst Chelsea occupy third spot but are 16 points adrift of runaway leaders Manchester City.

"We have to try to improve in this aspect, but the problem is not just for Morata, or [Michy] Batshuayi when he plays".

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"I don't think they will get in the Champions League".

Nevertheless, Chelsea's manager gave Morata and Batshuayi his backing on Friday, insisting the club is prepared to be patient with both men.

Conte had earlier spoken of his "great admiration" for Sanchez, who has only six months remaining on his Arsenal contract and has been strongly linked with a move to one of the two Manchester clubs.

Saturday's clash sees the Premier League winners from the last two seasons go head to head, although neither have realistic hopes of competing for the title this time around.

"He is learning to deal with these type of situations, and if we speak about Batshuayi we are at the same level".

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