Three key battles that will decide Chelsea vs. Leicester

Three key battles that will decide Chelsea vs. Leicester

"It's important to remember what he gave to us", the Italian added.

"I am not surprised how well he has done at Chelsea".

"From the club's side it's the very last thing Chelsea need".

"It's very hard for me to talk about another player, of another team. At Chelsea there are so many champions and he's another one".

"Kante is more comparable to Nampalys Mendy". That was in the corresponding fixture last season, which proved to be Jose Mourinho's last in charge of Chelsea - he was sacked three days later.

This season, we have witnessed some excellent individual performances by the best of the players.

This time past year, 12 places and 17 points were between the two teams. While Claudio Ranieri's side have excelled in the Champions League so far this term, they have been unable to reproduce that sort of form in domestic action. He only has five goals from open play this season, three of which came against Manchester City, and has registered only two assists.

League One Peterborough face a daunting task when they go to Premier League leaders Chelsea in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.

Conte got involved and made a decision to punish his top striker after supporting his staff in the dispute. "I think that's the secret, because when you're working at the highest level it's vital that you show the players how much you love the game and that you convince them to do the same".

Chelsea are the opposite of Leicester.

"In the past when players have been tapped up, once the club say: "You're not going anywhere", you knuckle down and you play", Barnes told Sky Sports. Diego Costa heads the first goalscorer betting at 3/1, with Jamie Vardy treble the league's top goalscorer price at 9/1 to break the deadlock.

Conte is likely to field Eden Hazard as a false nine flanked by Pedro Rodriguez and Willian against Leicester City in Costa's absence, just as he did when the Spain global missed Chelsea's 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Boxing Day due to suspension.

Spanish forward Pedro Rodriguez endured a hard first season at Chelsea but, this campaign, he has flourished and he believes the Spurs result is behind them.

Costa, in common with an increasing number of A-List Premier League players, has been the subject of an eye-watering offer from China and there is the fear at Chelsea that his advisers could be using it to lever him away.

Leicester are aiming to keep three consecutive clean sheets for the first time in this season's Premier League.

The 26-year-old said he felt for Leicester, last season's champions who are just six points clear of the relegation zone.



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