Chelsea never wanted Vardy, says Conte

Thibaut Courtois was unimpressed with the Chelsea supporters
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I hope he can have more game-time in the second part of the season.

"We played with tiredness today", Conte said.

This is an enormous game for West Brom, and coming off their first win under Pardew - albeit a FA Cup win against lower league opposition - they should have plenty of confidence that they can take all three points, especially if the learn of the Opta stat above that tells us they've never lost at home to Brighton in their history. "I saw many, many players very exhausted".

Puel, who worked with the talented playmaker during his time at Lille, feels it may be only a matter of time before such a move is made, with the Leicester boss telling reporters: "He can continue to make progress".

Antonio Conte attributed Chelsea's lacklustre performance in Saturday's goalless draw against 10-man Leicester to fatigue. He also squandered about three or four clear goal scoring chances in the league game versus Arsenal that surely would have seen them collect all three points. "If you don't score, you're lucky the game finishes 0-0".

Having played Arsenal in the Carabao Cup semi-finals on Wednesday evening, the home side struggled to get going and were fortunate not to be behind at half-time after Leicester created several good opportunities.

While Fabregas' rasping drive was well tipped over by Kasper Schmeichel and Hazard probed for an opening, there was a surprising lack of control from the hosts' midfield as the Foxes fired off 12 shots at goal in the opening 45 minutes, the most a visiting team has managed before the break at Stamford Bridge since 2003/04.

Chelsea goalkeeper, Thibaut Courtois, has slammed the club's fans who voiced their dissatisfaction during a third consecutive 0-0 draw. 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.

Hazard has starred for Chelsea since moving from Lille in 2012, winning the Premier League twice, and has been linked with a move to Real Madrid. In truth, they didn't come close, with a Marcos Alonso free-kick, comfortably parried by Schmeichel, the best chance of note. Morata has scored just three goals in all competitions since November 22.

"He can make the difference, so for me he is a top player in Europe".

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