14 Jan, 09:00
Antonio Conte and Chelsea made unwanted history following Saturday’s stalemate against Leicester City.
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 Stamford Bridge with a deserved point.
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. Conte recalled most of his big guns for the midweek Carabao Cup semi-final first leg against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge, but were unable to get the better of a makeshift
Arsenal rearguard which featured the likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Rob Holding and Calum Chambers. And Leicester became the third consecutive team to blunt Chelsea’s expensively assembled forward line, coping comfortably with everything Conte’s side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.
The Chelsea manager was heavily criticised by his own fans for substituting Eden Hazard for the tenth time this season and his gamble failed to pay off as replacements Willian and Pedro were unable to engineer a breakthrough.
Conte has already secured the secured the services of Ross Barkley in the January transfer window with the England international in line to make his debut against Norwich but the Italian is desperate for further reinforcements, particularly in attack.