Mourinho feels 'contempt' for Conte

Mourinho feels 'contempt' for Conte

The Foxes were superb throughout the first half and had Antonio Conte's side on the back foot for the majority of the time, without creating many clear openings on goal.

In the 58 minute, Conte made a double substitution, bringing on Pedro and Willian for Hazard and Fabregas.

While Hazard wasn't having the best game of his career, fans were well aware of the fact that he remains the main source of creativity for Chelsea.

The enmity between the two men stretches back to early last season, with Mourinho accusing Conte of humiliating him with the scale of his celebrations as United fell to a 4-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in October 2016. He was poor in the first half but improved in the second half.

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.

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. "To play Wednesday night and then today against a really good team, a team in really good physical form like Leicester, after only two and a half days", he continued. They had 12 first-half shots, the most for an away side at Chelsea in well more than a decade according to Opta, and Puel will have been disappointed that his side weren't leading at the break. But what surprised and infuriated fans more is one decision of Antonio Conte in particular.

Mahrez has been linked with a move to Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the January transfer window and the Algerian proved a tough test for Marcos Alonso and Antonio Rudiger.

With Andreas Christensen rested, Luiz would normally have been the replacement playing in the centre of Chelsea's back three.

Jan 6: Mourinho acknowledged he made mistakes but declared that he would never be banned for matchfixing.

But Chelsea soon showed signs of getting to grips with the game, Alvaro Morata pulling a save from Schmeichel after charging in along the byline, while the Dane did well to tip a fierce Fabregas drive over three minutes before half-time.

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