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EPL: Leicester City coach, Puel reacts to Chilwell red card against Chelsea

14 January 2018

Chelsea were unable to leapfrog Manchester United in the Premier League table as the champions were held to a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge against Leicester City.

"When I made a decision to put fresh energy (substitutes Willian and Pedro), the game changed".

Asked for his thoughts on Leicester's Jamie Vardy, Conte said: "For sure Vardy is a really good player and I don't like to speak about players of other teams but in this case we are not talking about transfer market. I think a lot of our players were exhausted", Conte said during his post-match interview.

Their double substitution with less than an hour on the clock highlighted the home side's struggles to find a way through this Leicester defence - even tired, those two had been Chelsea's most likely route towards a goal against the run of play in a first half dominated by the Foxes. "We suffered a lot in the first half and at the start of the second half but when I chose to put fresh energy the game changed".

Long-range shots from Kante and Tiemoue Bakayoko were symptomatic of Chelsea's struggles to break Leicester down. Conte took a team that finished tenth and turned them into title-winners.

Conte added: "The problem is for the team, not only for Morata".

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Leicester had to play the final 22 minutes with 10 men after Ben Chilwell was sent off for two bookings, and their manager Claude Puel felt the incident had denied his side a chance of taking the three points. We created chances to score.

And there was a controversial draw as the match between Watford and Southampton - the league's two most out-of-form sides - finished 2-2.

"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".

"I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation". My plan was to play with one team in the FA Cup, and then these two games with nearly the same players.

The draw is Chelsea's fourth in a row in all competitions, three of which have been goalless, and could see them drop down a place to fourth should Liverpool beat Manchester City on Sunday.

EPL: Leicester City coach, Puel reacts to Chilwell red card against Chelsea