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Conte unconcerned by Mourinho's 'contempt' comment as feud finally fizzles out

Conte unconcerned by Mourinho's 'contempt' comment as feud finally fizzles out

Speaking to the press, Conte said: "We played with nearly the same players as we did against Arsenal on Wednesday night, and my plan was to play a rotated side in the FA Cup this week".

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.

It is the first time in the club's history that they have played out three successive 0-0 results.

It made for tense viewing for the Chelsea home support.

"I don't think it is only Morata's problem, also the other players, because we are not scoring goals, we are not conceding, but we are not creating chances", Conte added.

Conte's side produced a limp display and could easily have lost to a Leicester team who missed a host of first-half chances.

N'Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater played in 37 and 35 league matches respectively for Leicester during the club's 2015-16 title-winning season.

Wilfred Ndidi's header was kept out by Thibaut Courtois at full stretch before Aleksander Dragovic was denied on the follow-up, while Kasper Schmeichel spread himself well to block Cesc Fabgregas' attempt from a narrow angle moments later in what was an already open encounter.

Riyad Mahrez

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. But even with Ben Chilwell's sending off on 68 minutes - which Puel described as "very harsh" - Chelsea couldn't find the spark in the final third which appears to have deserted them.

Everton, who had a headed goal by Wayne Rooney disallowed when it was 0-0, have not won any of their last five games in the league.

Chelsea are reported to be considering Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and former Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as potential replacements for the 48-year-old. In truth, they didn't come close, with a Marcos Alonso free-kick, comfortably parried by Schmeichel, the best chance of note.

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The two yellow cards - it is not balanced.

Changing that feeling won't be easy.

Chelsea now switch their attentions back to FA Cup affairs and the replay of their third-round clash against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

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