Antonio Conte’s issues mounted as spluttering Chelsea had been held to a dour Zero-Zero draw by 10-man Leicester City at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
Conte’s facet produced a limp show that might simply have seen them overwhelmed by a Leicester group who missed a bunch of first-half probabilities.
Even when Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell was despatched off halfway via the second half for 2 bookings, the champions had been unable to grab a winner.
Chelsea stay third — 15 factors behind Premier League leaders Manchester City — and have now drawn their final 4 matches in all competitions.
It capped a tough week for Chelsea boss Conte, who might be within the remaining months of his turbulent reign regardless of final season’s title triumph.
Responding to a report claiming he’ll depart on the finish of the season, Conte this week mentioned “everything is possible” relating to his future.
Conte has been linked with a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain because the Italian’s relationship with the Chelsea board grows more and more fractious following disagreements over transfers and his feud with Diego Costa, which led to the striker becoming a member of Atletico Madrid.
Chelsea are reported to be contemplating Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as potential replacements for the 48-year-old.
Given the hypothesis surrounding their supervisor, it was intriguing to notice the response of Chelsea followers.
Having grown used to big-name managers coming and going within the period of proprietor Roman Abramovich, they hardly appeared heartbroken at the potential of one other change on the bench.
When a chant of Conte’s title emanated from the stands quickly after kick-off, it rapidly petered out and the Italian responded with solely a bashful clap in the direction of the supporters.
Shinji Okazaki had an opportunity to additional dampen the muted ambiance within the eighth minute when the Leicester striker slid in to fulfill Chilwell’s cross, however he couldn’t management a close-range shot that ballooned over the bar.
Conte has reportedly annoyed a few of his gamers together with his intense character and demanding coaching periods and their inconsistent performances this season have added gasoline to that fireside.
– Lethargic Chelsea –
When Jamie Vardy fired narrowly broad from a good angle moments later, Conte wore a thunderous expression on the touchline as he contemplated Chelsea’s torpid begin.
It took an outstanding save from Thibaut Courtois to forestall Leicester taking the lead their stress deserved because the Belgian plunged to his proper to claw away a Wilfred Ndidi header.
Chelsea threatened when Eden Hazard teed up Cesc Fabregas for a robust drive that Kasper Schmeichel palmed away.
But misplaced passes and lapses of focus littered Chelsea’s play.
Vardy was a relentless menace and Conte’s defence once more didn’t corral the England worldwide, who discovered house to shoot simply broad.
An damage that compelled Chelsea captain Gary Cahill off late within the first half added to Conte’s issues.
Fabregas practically put Chelsea forward towards the run of play, however the midfielder’s drive was tipped over by Schmeichel.
But a key reason behind Chelsea’s erratic type has been Alvaro Morata’s struggles and the lacklustre Spain striker has now gone 5 video games with no purpose.
Chelsea had been nonetheless in disarray after the interval and Riyad Mahrez’s deflected effort virtually crept in, prompting Conte to ship on Willian and Pedro for Hazard and Fabregas.
The choice to take away Hazard drew jeers from he annoyed Chelsea devoted.
Conte’s males had been gifted an surprising carry when Chilwell, booked moments earlier, lunged right into a studs-up deal with on Victor Moses within the 68th minute, incomes a purple card from referee Michael Jones.
However, the very best Chelsea might handle had been innocent long-range strikes from N’Golo Kante and Marcos Alonso as Leicester held agency to go away Conte grumbling his method down the tunnel at full-time.