Conte admits below-par Chelsea were exhausted


Conte was speaking following Chelsea's 0-0 draw with Leicester City on Saturday, the first time in the club's history they have been involved in three successive goalless matches.

Chelsea, the Premier League title holders, have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws in all competitions.

New signing Ross Barkley is working his way back to fitness and could make his Chelsea debut in the FA Cup third-round replay against Norwich in midweek.

Chelsea were still in disarray after the interval and Riyad Mahrez's deflected effort nearly crept in, prompting Conte to send on Willian and Pedro for Hazard and Fabregas.

Jose Mourinho on Friday said he felt "contempt" for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as their toxic public row continues to escalate. I saw Eden (Hazard) was very exhausted so he came off.

Against Norwich, I made nine changes to the starting 11.

"The problem is for the team, not only for Morata", he said.

The Blues were second best all afternoon and could not even find a way through an impressive Foxes side after Ben Chilwell had been sent off in the second half after picking up his second booking of the match.

And Redknapp believes Conte's Chelsea future may well not extend beyond the end of the season.

"We suffered a lot".

"But we haven't had great quality in our finishing. We are not conceding, but we are not creating chances".

And when the Chelsea captain had to be taken off with a hamstring injury in the first half, Christensen was called upon as opposed to Luiz.

Chelsea got the better of the Red Devils in their first Premier League meeting of 2017-18, winning 1-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Jan 5: Conte said: "Sometimes, someone forgets what's said in the past, which is his behaviour".

Meanwhile, Leicester manager Claude Puel remains confident Riyad Mahrez's fine display won't be one of his last in a Foxes shirt. Speaking ahead of today's game against Leicester at Stamford Bridge, Morata said: "It's hard to get something here (for opposition teams) and between now and the end of the season we need to win even more games at our home". "It's an important game, we are third but we want to finish higher up the table so we need to win our games".