Stalemate at Stamford Bridge as 10-Man Leicester City Frustrates Chelsea


Ten-man Leicester produced an outstanding display to earn a point at third-placed Chelsea - although they should probably have come away from Stamford Bridge with all three.

Harry Kane became Tottenham's record scorer in the English Premier League by grabbing a second-half double in a 4-0 win over Everton yesterday.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has conceded that Leicester City "were the better team" for the majority of the game in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge today.

Chelsea stayed in third place, behind second-place Manchester United on goal difference and 15 points off leaders Manchester City.

Shinji Okazaki, Wilfred Ndidi and Riyad Mahrez all went close as the visitors created a number of chances in a dominant opening hour.

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.

Jose Mourinho on Friday said he felt "contempt" for Chelsea manager Antonio Conte as their toxic public row continues to escalate.

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An injury that forced Chelsea captain Gary Cahill off late in the first half added to Conte's problems.

Chelsea have had a busier schedule and played the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final against Arsenal on Wednesday, but they have home advantage and I think they will make it count. "I think a lot of our players were exhausted", the Italian said.

Further doubts have been cast over David Luiz's future at Chelsea as the Brazilian was only named on the bench despite Conte's rotation.

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.

Crystal Palace continued their rise up the table under former England manager Roy Hodgson by beating Burnley 1-0, Bakary Sako scoring the only goal of the game with an angled left-foot drive in the 21st minute.

Marcos Alonso has scored 12 Premier League goals since the start of last season, more than any other defender.

Meanwhile, Jonny Evans helped to end West Bromwich Albion's long wait for an EPL win with a 2-0 home victory over Brighton.