Chelsea running on empty, admits Conte

Jose Mourinho shakes hands with a Chelsea coach while his counterpart Conte walks straight onto the playing surface

Jose Mourinho shakes hands with a Chelsea coach while his counterpart Conte walks straight onto the playing surface

Chelsea faltered in front of goal once again, as they were held to their third consecutive 0-0 draw - for the first time in their history, against a lively Leicester City side at Stamford Bridge.

But Leicester held on for the draw which leaves Chelsea on 47 points, the same as Manchester United who play on Monday at home to struggling Stoke City.

The second half picked up where the first half left off, as Chelsea continued to look off the pace in the games.

"In the first half Leicester ran more than us, they played better than us, but we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment".

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Chelsea are scheduled to play United at Old Trafford on February 25, unless the Blues reach the Carabao Cup final at Wembley on the same day.

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

"I saw a lot of exhausted players today, and that was a factor today in how the game played how".

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In search of some inspiration and innovation, Conte switched to a 3-4-3 formation when he withdrew Fabregas and Hazard, sending wingers Pedro and Willian onto the field.

FW Cesc Fabregas, 5 - Brought a great save out of Schmeichel early in the game, but only showed flickers of skill and his delivery from a series of corners Chelsea won was frustratingly poor.

Despite David Luiz being on the bench, Antonio Conte chose Andreas Christensen as the man to replace the England worldwide.

FW Willian, 6 - Gave Chelsea more impetus going forward, which wasn't hard, but failed to find a way through Leicester's well-organised backline.

Chelsea got the better of the Red Devils in their first Premier League meeting of 2017-18, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Nearly everything about the Spaniard's game was off, as he was once again left down by poor runs, poor touches and in some cases just rotten luck.

The hosts were handed a boost when Chilwell was shown a second yellow card for catching Moses, but they found it hard to create openings as Leicester sat back.

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