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Thibaut Courtois: 'Chelsea players are tired'

Courtois: 'Chelsea players are tired'
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Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois suggests that fatigue played its part in the Blues' goalless draw at home to Leicester City.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has conceded that Leicester City "were the better team" for the majority of the game in their goalless draw at Stamford Bridge today.

The reigning Premier League champions were unable to find a breakthrough against Claude Puel's stubborn visitors and failed to make numerical advantage count when Foxes full-back Ben Chilwell was sent off 20 minutes from time.

The result represented the third goalless stalemate in the space of a week for the Blues, who were held both by Arsenal in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup in midweek and by Championship side Norwich City in the FA Cup last weekend.

"Obviously we wanted to win the game, and at the end with 10-men we pressed them, but for 70 minutes of the game they were the better team," Courtois told Match of the Day.

"Obviously we all feel a little bit tired, last year we went from week to week, but now we have already played a lot of games. But it's not excuse, Leicester had more intensity than us and more aggression, they started very offensive and pressed us high up the pitch.

"Having the replay against Norwich didn't do us a favour, because we have lost the recovery week, but now we have another important game, because we want to go far in the FA Cup like last year. We just have to keep working and keep trying to win every game."

Antonio Conte's side welcome the Canaries to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night before travelling to Brighton & Hove Albion in the league next weekend.

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1Manchester CityMan City86202131820
2Chelsea86201851320
3Liverpool86201531220
4Arsenal86021910918
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs8602157818
6Bournemouth85121612416
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves843196315
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd84131314-113
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10Leicester CityLeicester84041412212
11Everton83321312112
12Burnley82241012-28
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton8224913-48
14Crystal Palace821559-47
15West Ham UnitedWest Ham8215813-57
16Southampton8125614-85
17Fulham8125921-125
18Huddersfield TownHuddersfield8035417-133
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle8026613-72
20Cardiff CityCardiff8026417-132

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