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Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois slams Blues fans after they booed the team at Stamford Bridge following today’s goalless draw – the third one in a row- against Leicester.

Antonio Conte’s side offered a really discouraging performance in the clash against the Foxes and the people attending the game showed their disappointment after the final whistle booing their own team:

“It doesn’t help when the fans boo and whistle after each misplaced pass,” said the Belgian goalkeeper, who was a protagonist in the match with an unbelievable save on Ndidi’s header in the first half that helped his team to keep a clean sheet.

 

“We didn’t play well but that’s when we need the fans behind us.”

 

 

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History was involuntarily made at Stamford Bridge today by Chelsea and Antonio Conte.

In fact, the Premier League champions have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws in all competitions for the first time in their history after 10-man Leicester escaped West London with more than a deserved point.

The Foxes became the third consecutive team to stop the Blues coping comfortably with everything Conte’s side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.

Before today Chelsea collected other two goalless draw against Norwich in FA Cup third round and against Arsenal in the first leg of League Cup semifinal.

 

 

 

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Another disappointing game for Chelsea, another goalless draw, the fourth one in a row if we consider the FA Cup and the League Cup, where the Blues obtained two 0-0 against Norwich City and Arsenal.

Stamford Bridge boos its disappointment after the final whistle after witnessing another deplorable performance and thanks Thibaut Courtois for keeping a clean sheet against a team that, especially in the first half, played for the three points and had more chances: his save on Ndidi in the first part was unbelievable.

Antonio Conte even tried a desperate move when, with no substitutions left after Gary Cahill was forced out with a hamstring injury at 33′, when he replaced Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, both irritating and lacking of pace in this game, with Willian and Pedro trying to give a boost to the team.

Chelsea also had the advantage to play 11 vs 10 for more than 20 minutes after Ben Chilwell was sent out for double booking at 68′ but  hey didn’t use it.

The only real dangerous chance of their game in the last seconds of injury time, when Marcos Alonso tried the match-point on a free-kick that was brilliantly saved by Kasper Schmeichel.

A very nervous Alvaro Morata failed to impress again, seeming to have lost his feeling with the goal.

With this draw the Blues maintain third position in the league with 47 points but should Liverpool win against Manchester City – still leading with 62 points- they will catch them.

Manchester United, now second with the Blues same points, will play against Stoke City on Monday night.

Chelsea will have their chance to redeem themselves in front of their fans in FA Cup third round replay against Norwich City on next Wednesday night.

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

After missing the Fa Cup third round game vs Fleetwood Town, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has recovered from his injury and he will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea.

He will be available, [there is] no problem with Jamie,” the Foxes manager Claude Puel confirmed. “He has trained well this week and he’s available for the game.”

On the other hand, however, defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson will not be available tomorrow at Stamford Bridge“I don’t know for the moment how long [Morgan] will stay out of the squad,” Puel added. “When I have news – I hope good news – I can speak about the injury. [Danny] can run a little, not fast, but he can run which is good news. We’ll see when he can come back.”

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Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater made his debut with the Blues in the last game against Everton.

The England international told ChelseaTV: “The last few months? I don’t think they could have gone any worse. I have been trying to take the positives out of it. My calf feels good now but I was massively frustrated. The waiting game was killing me”.

Drinkwater suffered a calf injury in training after joining Chelsea on Deadline Day from Leicester City.

“It’s been good to watch the team and it has helped me to settle in as well. It has given me a feel for how they actually play. But the sooner I can get more involved now, the better for me.”

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SkySports journalist Bryan Swanson confirmed earlier this morning that FIFA has definitively rejected Leicester’s request to sign Adrien Silva from Sporting Lisbon.

The former Premier League champions had targeted the Portugal international as a replacement for Danny Drinkwater, who left the club on Deadline Day to join Chelsea. A final decision from FIFA had been suspended due to a delay in forwarding documents and papers, provided to request an extra-time to complete the deal.

Chelsea managed to finalize a £40m deal to sign Drinkwater, while Leicester City failed to land Silva from Sporting CP for a few seconds.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has been included in the list of the three finalist for the FIFA best coach of the year award.

The Italian manager will compete vs Massimiliano Allegri and Zinedine Zidane who were the two Champions League finalist with Juventus and Real Madrid.

Last year Claudio Ranieri won the award, after triumphing in the Premier League with Leicester City.

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Chelsea striker Pedro seemed enthusiastic after the important 2-1 win at Leicester yesterday:

It’s one more win for us, a very important three points and we are continuing in the right way. The team are playing very well,” the Spaniard said after the game.

“Every game in the Premier League is difficult, Leicester are very good on the counter attack and in transitions, with players like Vardy and Mahrez, so it was very important for us to win.”

Speaking about Chelsea’s goals, he claimed:

“They were two very good goals, Morata scored the first from a good Azpi cross, and N’Golo’s was a nice shot from outside the box. We are moving up the table which is very good for us.”

Pedro also paid tribute to Kante after a great display by the Frenchman against his former club.

“He’s a very important player for the team, a very good midfielder.

“He’s always running and recovering balls. He also scores goals and he’s a complete player.”

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Facing his former team N’Golo Kante not only played a very good game but he also scored the 0-2 goal in the second half.

The Chelsea midfielder didn’t celebrate his goal and after the game he explained why, even if the reason was already pretty obvious: “It is always special to play my old team. I had an amazing year here but when I come I try to win and today was important and I am happy to score”. – Kante told BBC Sport – “It is always a pleasure to score but I keep it inside (his celebration) because I want to respect my old team. It was a tough game. They had a lot of chances but we fight and had some chances but we won and that is the most important thing.”

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Today Chelsea won their third consecutive Premier League game and Alvaro Morata scored his third goal.

However, according to the Spanish striker, the job for him and the Blues is just at the beginning: “It is important to win here,” – Morata told Sky Sports. – “Always against Leicester at this stadium it is very difficult to win. We were in a good position at 2-0 but suffered to the end. This is the Premier League. I am good but the most important thing is we are not in the first places and we look forward to moving ahead in the table.”

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