Kasper Schmeichel and 10-man Leicester stand firm to deny Chelsea win

Chelsea heaved in search of a winner deep into stoppage time here, the locals howling in exasperation as Kasper Schmeichel turned Marcos Alonso’s stoppage time free-kick round the post, but plucking a victory from this mess of a display would have been an injustice. Too much of this was inadequate. Discontent is welling in these parts and, for the first time, some of it is being directed at the dug-out.

There were boos when Eden Hazard, for the fourth time in as many starts, did not see out the game, and another disgruntled chorus at the final whistle. A third successive goalless draw reflects the reality that this team’s domestic campaign has rather run aground. The champions have become too predictable, over-reliant upon their Belgian forward and with too few team-mates contributing at his side. Álvaro Morata was anonymous against Leicester City team until booked three minutes from time, but the striker’s crisis in confidence is seeping into other areas of this collective. In the aftermath of Schmeichel’s save, Victor Moses sliced a shot so wide it almost drifted out for a throw-in. That was more typical of his team’s display.

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