Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Conte defends Morata after goalless draw with Foxes

Conte defends Morata after goalless draw with Foxes

It is the first time in the Blues' entire history that they have been held to a goalless draw three times on the spin. Ben Chilwell skips past Gary Cahill down the left wing before squaring the ball to Shinji Okazaki, who puts the ball over from just six yards out!

Fabregas almost put Chelsea ahead against the run of play, but the midfielder's drive was tipped over by Schmeichel.

DF Andreas Christensen, 7 - Thrust unexpectedly into the fray when Cahill was injured, Christensen had no problem settling immediately into the game and Chelsea arguably looked more solid at the back against Vardy and Mahrez with the 21-year old in their ranks.

The result capped a hard week for Chelsea boss Conte, who could be in the final months of his turbulent reign despite last season's title triumph. Mahrez looked risky every time he received the ball, and nearly broke the deadlock with a deflected effort that went just wide.

The Australian is concerned that Conte could be suffering from the much dreaded "second season" syndrome, much like former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti did earlier this decade.

Chilwell was booked for a foul on Willian, and five minutes he later picked up his second yellow card after catching Victor Moses.

A 25-yard effort from N'Golo Kante was held by Schmeichel, before Tiemoue Bakayoko sent a pair of attempts from outside the box off target.

Chelsea applied pressure after that but rarely threatened Kasper Schmeichel, who easily clawed away a free kick from Marcos Alonso in injury time.

Newcastle dominated the first half, but squandered a series of chances and might have conceded a penalty before Ayew struck.

I have no doubt Alvaro Morata could be the best striker in the Premier League if played properly.

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.

"The first thing I have to find is the right balance".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte won the Premier League title during his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge. What we believe is there are some players in world football that if you have the chance to sign them in January, March or July, you have to try.

Fifth-place Spurs moved level on points with Liverpool, whose game in hand is against Manchester City at Anfield.

Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-gasp equaliser denied Southampton a first win in 10 matches.

James Ward-Prowse had scored twice in the first half before Andre Gray pulled one back - and Saints were crestfallen when Doucoure's equaliser was allowed to stand. That was a 2-0 defeat in September 2000 (W16, D9, L1).

Watford fought back after the break, with Gray nodding in and Doucoure stealing the headlines in more ways than one, leaving the visitors to wish VAR was in use.

Then he insulted me for a second time, but now I change and now (I feel) contempt and for me, contempt means: "end of the story".

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