Nigerian midfielder Wilfred Ndidi was impressive in the middle of the pack for his English Premier League side Leicester City as he helped the Foxes who outplayed Chelsea to an important goalless draw at Stamford Bridge, AOIFootball.com reports.
Leicester wasted four excellent first-half chances and Chelsea only really began to properly compete when Willian and Pedro were brought on with more than 30 minutes remaining.
And Leicester became the third consecutive team to blunt Chelsea's expesively assembled forward line, coping comfortably with everything Conte's side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.
Conte feels most of his top players were exhausted after the grueling first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final against Arsenal and it showed in their performance.
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The draw has now put Conte's men level with Mourinho's side, who have have a game in hand, which is very bad considering that there was a point in late December when they were favorites for the second spot after dismal showings by the Red Devils. We played the game against Arsenal on Wednesday night and didn't have a lot of time to recover.
Elsewhere yesterday, Watford manager Marco Silva defended Abdoulaye Doucoure's controversial last-minute equaliser for his side in their 2-2 draw with Southampton, believing that it balanced out decisions that had gone against the Hertfordshire club earlier in the season. I understand Southampton are unhappy like I was not one time, more than one time when the mistake is against us.
The 48-year-old said: "I saw a lot of players that looked exhausted. I think in other clubs this doesn't happen".
"I have a lot of experience to deal with this type of situation". But I trust in my work and what we are doing in these two seasons.