Conte defends Morata after goalless draw with Foxes


Yet despite the extra man, Chelsea still found it hard to find a way through on goal, and the match ended in a disappointing 0-0 draw.

Antonio Conte blamed tiredness for Chelsea's lacklustre performance in their 0-0 draw with Leicester at Stamford Bridge.

Today, even the 68th minute dismissal of Leicester City's Ben Chilwell couldn't help the Blues gain their first victory of 2018 in a game which remarkably saw Eden Hazard substituted just before the hour mark. "I saw many, many players very exhausted".

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.

With only 41 Premier League goals this season, Chelsea have scored less than any of their top-four rivals and lag 16 points behind leaders Manchester City. "In the first half and in the first 15 minutes of the second half we suffered a lot.

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

"We didn't play well but that's when we need the fans behind us".

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"But we knew we were playing against a good opponent, maybe the worst opponent we could have played in this moment".

The Blues had won their previous seven Premier League home matches, but were fortunate not to lose to the Foxes after a lacklustre display.

Elsewhere yesterday, Watford manager Marco Silva defended Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-minute equaliser for his side in their 2-2 draw with Southampton, believing that it balanced out decisions that had gone against the Hertfordshire club earlier in the season.

"I am happy and enjoying my period here".

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

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.