Conte admits below-par Chelsea were exhausted

Conte admits below-par Chelsea were exhausted

The draw has now put Conte's men level with Mourinho's side, who have have a game in hand, which is bad considering that there was a point in late December when they were favorites for the second spot after dismal showings by the Red Devils. After 14 matches in 46 days, the Blues are feeling the strain.

Antonio Conte says Chelsea have faith in Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi, with a move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez seemingly unlikely. "In the first half and in the first 15 minutes of the second half we suffered a lot". We played with nearly the same players as we did against Arsenal.

Antonio Conte's side was unable to develop any momentum as the visitor put on a fine display of high pressing to disrupt the champion.

Goals Chelsea have managed in the Premier League in 22 games, the lowest among the league's top four.

"We tried to create chances to score without suffering defensively and win the game, but in the end I think the result was fair".

In the 58th minute, with the scores level at 0-0, Conte strangely chose to replace Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas.

Chelsea will be looking to climb up to second position in the table when they take on Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

Okazaki missed the target from eight yards out, Jamie Vardy poked a shot wide and then dragged another across goal before Thibaut Courtois made an excellent diving stop to keep out a header from Ndidi.

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.

They were soon given a major boost for the final 20 minutes as Leicester were reduced to 10-men, as the impressive Chilwell was given his marching orders for two yellow cards in the space of five minutes, his second for a late challenge on Victor Moses.

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