Antonio Conte: Chelsea players "very tired"

Conte remains coy about his long-term future but says he is happy in London

After a goalless first half, which saw the visitors have plenty of chances, Antonio Conte made a couple of changes minutes into the second half.

English Premier League champions Chelsea endured a third successive goalless draw as they were held at home by 10-man Leicester City.

Leicester climbed up the table when Claude Puel came in but their progress has stalled a little, especially after a 3-0 loss at home to Crystal Palace but Leicester did beat Huddersfield 3-0 in their last league game.

In that absurd move, the manager took two of his best players off the field when they needed a goal the most.

The Italian won the Premier League title last term, in his first season as head coach with the Blues, who play Leicester on Saturday.

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. With Conte evidently lacking faith in the ability of backup striker Michy Batshuayi, which has probably knocked the 24-year-old's confidence and limited his effectiveness when he has been deployed, as Morata's toils up front have continued so have Chelsea's.

It's another one of those weekends in the Prem where you could pretty much make a case for home win, away win or draw for any of the 3pm games, apart from, perhaps, Leicester winning at Chelsea.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte again reiterated his belief that the club need to sign more players when talking to the press before his sides Premier League fixture against Leicester at Stamford Bridge tomorrow.

Conte said: "Everyone is frustrated after another 0-0".

"I think not to find excuses or alibis, today we paid a lot for the effort [against] Arsenal". My plan was to play with one team in the FA Cup against Norwich, and then these two games with nearly the same players.

"The ambition is not just for us to score but to continue to play after scoring and to always keep good ambition in our play".

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

"I don't know how long Wes will stay outside the squad but I hope to have some good news and hope I can speak about the end of the injury".

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