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Ten-man Leicester City frustrate listless Chelsea

Ten-man Leicester frustrate listless Chelsea

13/01/2018 at 16:48Updated 13/01/2018 at 17:27

Premier League, Stamford Bridge - Chelsea 0, Leicester City 0 (Chilwell s/o 68)

Ten-man Leicester City frustrated Chelsea in an eventful 0-0 Premier League draw at Stamford Bridge.

The visitors ended the match on the back foot after Ben Chilwell received a second yellow for a bad foul on Victor Moses on 68 minutes that possibly merited a straight red.

But Leicester should have been in front by then after dominating a first half in which they mustered 12 goal attempts.

Andreas Christensen and Jamie Vardy battle for the ball

Andreas Christensen and Jamie Vardy battle for the ballGetty Images

A below-par Chelsea failed to create chances of note until stoppage time, when Kasper Schmeichel smartly repelled Marcos Alonso's free-kick.

Anotnio Conte's side missed the chance to go above second-place Manchester United, and could now be overtaken by Liverpool if they beat Manchester City on Sunday.

TALKING POINT

Leicester look like their old selves. It’s difficult to know what to expect from Leicester, after the highs of two seasons ago and the lows of their last campaign, but this was reminiscent of the former. They dominated Chelsea in every department, looking especially dangerous on the break, and it took the red card for Chelsea to get a foothold in the game. Even then Leicester limited them to few clear chances and this match was another clear sign that Claude Puel has the Foxes on the right track.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Riyad Mahrez (Leicester City). Speculation about his future only seems to be spurring Mahrez on and he was good again today, looking dangerous every time he carried ball forward and causing Chelsea all sorts of problems.

KEY MOMENTS

8’ – CHANCE! Chilwell takes down a crossfield ball brilliantly, skips past Cahill and then crosses for Okazaki who can't hit the target from eight yards out.

12’ – SAVE! A corner is allowed to bounce in Chelsea's box and comes to Ndidi, who heads towards the back post and produces a fine save from Courtois.

63’ – YELLOW CARD. Chilwell brings down Willian and becomes the latest player in the book.

68’ – RED CARD! Chilwell dives in to try and intercept an underhit pass and as he does so catches Moses - who he probably didn't see - to pick up a second booking.

90+4’ – SAVE! After much deliberation Alonso takes the free-kick and hits it through the wall but it's palmed away on the bounce by Schmeichel.

PLAYER RATINGS

Chelsea: Courtois 7, Azpilicueta 6, Cahill 6, Rudiger 5, Moses 5, Bakayoko 5, Kante 6, Fabregas 6, Alonso 6, Hazard 5, Morata 5. Subs: Christensen 6, Willian 7, Pedro 6.

Leicester City: Schmeichel 6, Amartey 6, Dragovic 6, Maguire 6, Chilwell 5, Mahrez 8, James 7, Ndidi 7, Albrighton 6, Okazaki 6, Vardy 7. Subs: Fuchs 6, Gray 6, Iborra n/a.

KEY STATS

Chelsea have drawn three consecutive games 0-0 for the first time in their history.

The Foxes haven’t won at Stamford Bridge since 2000.

This is only the third time in 15 matches between the two that Leicester have avoided defeat.

(Opta)

Alvaro Morata has gone five games without a goal and is yet to score in 2018.

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