Conte backs Morata after Chelsea are held by 10-man Leicester City


Chelsea's defensive back line is now ostensibly "more" first-choice than before, so perhaps they'll get it together against an impressive Leicester side. We did this. In the FA Cup we played with one team, in the Carabao Cup we played another team, and today we played nearly the same team as Wednesday.

"To play on Wednesday and then against a really good, physical team like Leicester, after only two days, is tough".

Chelsea skipper Gary Cahill was forced off in the first half of their Premier League fixture against Leicester City. Already the leading goal scorer against the Premier League's big six since 2014, Vardy has the ability to win the game for the Foxes by the killer instincts that he has in front of goal.

Conte threw on Willian and Pedro in their place, but the question Chelsea fans were all asking is why take off two of your best players when you're in need of a goal?

The visitors were full of life in the early stages of the game and had three good chances in the opening 10 minutes as Shinji Okazaki poked the ball wide at the near post after Ben Chilwell's cross, before Vardy flicked an effort into the side-netting and missed the target with another chance. For all their possession however, they failed to truly test Schmeichel, who was well protected by a defence led by the impressive Harry Maguire.

Another day, another 0-0 draw for Chelsea.

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Vardy failed to hit the target from risky positions twice in less than a minute, before Wilfred Ndidi's free header after a corner was parried brilliantly by Thibaut Courtois and Antonio Rudiger stopped Aleksandar Dragovic slotting home on the follow-up.

He said taking off Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard was an easy decision: "I saw they were were very, very exhausted".

Morata has a decent return this season with 10 goals in 20 Premier League appearances but he has gone five matches in all competitions without scoring now.

Changing that feeling won't be easy.

Chelsea suffered their third consecutive 0-0 draw (previously drawing with Norwich in the FA Cup and Arsenal in the Carabao Cup) and the performance lacked any ideas, creativity or urgency in attack.