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EPL: Chelsea held by Leicester; West Ham out of relegation zone

EPL: Chelsea held by Leicester; West Ham out of relegation zone

Chelsea were held down to a goalless draw, the third time in a row, by a resilient Leicester City defence even after the visitors went down to 10-man in the 68th minute on Saturday.

Antonio Conte has admitted that he is a huge admirer of Jamie Vardy amid reports that Chelsea could be interested in signing the Leicester City striker - but said he is not a target for the Blues.

Gary Cahill has been substituted off in the first half of Chelsea's clash with Leicester City with an apparent hamstring injury.

The Blues are now level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who play on Monday.

"We tried to create chances and score".

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.

However, although Conte admits he is a huge admirer of the England global, he says that Chelsea are not considering a move to sign him.

Asked about Mourinho's "contempt" comments following Saturday's goalless draw with Leicester, Conte said: 'I think that I said (I'd) stop the story.




Courtois' feelings towards being booed are understandable, but when you've drawn three consecutive games 0-0, it's easy to see why Chelsea fans are agitated.

Many of the Chelsea faithful, however, are losing faith in the Italian.

"When I made a decision to put fresh energy on with Willian and Pedro, the game changed".

The 21-year-old left-back, Chilwell, was booked in the 63rd minute for a foul on Willian and just five minutes into it, received his marching orders after tripping Victor Moses.

In contrast to Chelsea's lethargy, Leicester were electric, particularly Jamie Vardy, who harried the Blues' defenders, and in-form Riyad Mahrez, whose deflected shot nearly caught out Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian had been at full stretch to parry Ndidi's header.

Crystal Palace continued their remarkable recovery under Roy Hodgson as they moved up to 12th in the table with a 1-0 victory over Burnley thanks to Bakary Sako's goal.

West Bromwich Albion picked up their first win since August in the league as first-half goals from defenders Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson gave them a 2-0 triumph over Brighton and Hove Albion.

Watford 2-2 Southampton Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-gasp equaliser denied Southampton a first win in 10 matches.


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