March 22, 2018

Conte: Tiredness was a factor against Leicester

14 January 2018, 03:27 | Sandy Nunez

Foxes boss confirms Ajaccio raid

Leicester City handed major boost with key player set to return this weekend against Chelsea

The result represented the third goalless stalemate in the space of a week for the Blues, who were held both by Arsenal in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in midweek and by Championship side Norwich City in the FA Cup last weekend.

The Blues are now level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who host Stoke on Monday.

Jonny Evans' early header set Albion on their way to halting a 20-game run stretching back to August, with fellow defender Craig Dawson heading in a second goal at the start of the second half. 9' - Chance for Leicester!

Lamented for his defensive tactics while manager of Southampton, Claude Puel has transformed this Leicester City side and had Chelsea for the taking. We can cause them problems. At the same time we're showing not great quality in our finishing.

"Giorgio is a fantastic player but I think he wants to finish his career at Juventus".

"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". But apart from a free-kick from Marcos Alonso which Schmeichel kept out with a good save, the west Londoners never really looked likely to snatch a late victory, which would have been very unfair on Leicester.

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The Leicester City forward is widely considered to be one of the finest attacking talents in the Premier League and earned plenty of praise as he helped the Foxes win the title back in 2016.

Tired Chelsea are feeling the strain from a busy schedule - but there's no let up coming for Antonio Conte's men, writes Peter Smith.

The first came in the 63rd minute for bringing down Willian on the right-hand side of the pitch and just five minutes later as he caught Victor Moses high after lunging in to try and win the ball.

Possibly an audition for a move away, Mahrez was a constant thorn in Chelsea's left-hand side.

Unusually Leicester had 53.6 per cent of possession in the first half, as Wilfred Ndidi matched N'Golo Kante by winning the ball back on eight occasions, and Tiemoue Bakayoko struggled to get into the game either offensively or defensively.

Leicester have lost successive away games in the division, having been unbeaten in the previous seven.

Their position has strengthened because, unlike City who do not want to offer more than £20 million (S$36.3 million), they are willing to pay nearer to the £35 million asking price for the Chile global.

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