There was a combination of confusion and fury after Antonio Conte decision

There was a combination of confusion and fury after Antonio Conte decision

It is has been evident for a while now that Antonio Conte is not entirely content with the squad that he has at his disposal, but that's no excuse for our recent shortfalls.

Chelsea missed the chance to leapfrog Manchester United and move into second place in the Premier League table after being held to a goalless draw by 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

It is the first time in the club's history that they have played out three successive 0-0 results.

A second string Chelsea team were unable to break down Championship side Norwich at Carrow Road a week ago in their FA Cup third round tie. "We don't believe in signing a player just to sign a player. In the first half Leicester ran more than us", Conte said.

"I think we played with a lot of top players against Arsenal, and then again today against a very good team".

"We played with nearly the same players as against Arsenal". "I think a lot of our players were exhausted. We are not conceding, but we are not creating chances".

Meanwhile, Chelsea have now drawn their last three games 0-0, and Conte needs to find a solution for his misfiring team.

However, their comments have acquired more bite lately, beginning when Mourinho implied that Conte was a "clown" for his dramatic touchline celebrations, although he later claimed he was not referring specifically to the Italian.

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"To face all competitions is not simple".

Regardless of Chelsea's fitness problems, Conte's hopes of a strong start to 2018 have also been hampered by their lack of cutting edge.

And Spanish striker Alvaro Morata's dip in form continued as he failed to even register a shot on goal.

Currently, Chelsea rely heavily on one system to beat teams - their 3-5-2.

"But we haven't had great quality in our finishing".

He then turned provider for Manuel Lanzini, his strike partner netting twice in five minutes to take the game away from their hosts.

In the other Premier League games on Saturday, Crystal Palace edged past Burnley 1-0, thanks to a first half goal by Bakary Sako.

The England International was replaced in the 33rd minute by Andreas Christensen after Cahill was brought down after chasing the ball alongside fellow England teammate Jamie Vardy.

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