Chelsea came away with a point on Saturday afternoon as they were held to a goalless draw to Leicester City in the Premier League.

The Foxes dominated spells in a game where Chelsea were once again, disappointing and it showed as Thibaut Courtois kept the Blues in the game, and ultimately secured a draw. Ben Chilwell helped the Blues out after receiving a second yellow card to put Puel’s side down to ten.

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The Belgian proved his worth as he kept the home side in the game.

The home side hadn’t won yet in 2018, and hadn’t scored in two, whilst visitors Leicester were looking to record back-to-back victories in the league after a 3-0 win over Huddersfield on New Years day.

Antonio Conte rotated, bringing Gary Cahill back into the side ahead of Andreas Christensen.

Foxes frontman Shinji Okazaki had an eyewatering chance from six yards out but he fired over. Jamie Vardy returned for Leicester on Saturday afternoon and he caused trouble for the Chelsea defence, but he squandered two chances in the space of a minute.

Chelsea had a few chances of their own, and Cesc Fabregas tested Kasper Schmeichel with a low effort from a counter-attack but the Dane saved.

Gary Cahill had to depart following a hamstring injury so Andreas Christensen was given the nod ahead of David Luiz to slot into the back line.

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The Chelsea skipper sustained a hamstring injury and was forced off.

The game nearly saw its first goal when Alvaro Morata nearly caught the Leicester keeper out at the near-post but the Blues were kept out.

Leicester continued their impressive collective performance, and Riyad Mahrez thought he should have had a penalty but claims were waved away.

Conte was frustrated and took off Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas for Pedro and Willian to add attacking options, and Willian drew a foul from Ben Chilwell, who was awarded a yellow card.

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Ben Chilwell was sent off with 25 minutes to play.

Within five minutes of picking up the first card, Chilwell was dismissed. A late challenge of Moses saw him pick up his second yellow of the game, and it gave Chelsea 25 minutes to find the elusive first goal.

However, as the previous two games have seen, Chelsea were unable to find a goal leaving them without a win in 2018.

A poor, lacklustre and disappointing day for Chelsea as they missed the chance to climb into second ahead of Manchester United. It was evident that something wasn’t right, with Antonio Conte becoming increasingly agitated with not only his players in recent weeks, but the board as well.

Chelsea next host Norwich City in the FA Cup replay next Wednesday.

 

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