Chelsea’s stuttering form in front of goal continued against Leicester City on Saturday and made a piece of unwanted history for the Blues who the first time in their history, were held to a goalless draw for the third successive match in all competitions.
With a goalless draw against the Foxes, who played the last 22 minutes with 10 men following Ben Chilwell’s second yellow card at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea were held 0-0 for the third successive match in all competitions for the first time.
The Foxes dominated possession for large periods and created the better chances but had the sting taken out of their display when defender Ben Chilwell received two yellow cards in the space of five second-half minutes.
He was shown no mercy by referee Mike Jones in the 68th minute when he brought down Victor Moses, shortly after fouling Willian.
Claude Puel’s side went close twice through Jamie Vardy, while Wilfred Ndidi’s header was acrobatically pushed away by Thibaut Courtois.
Chelsea looked leggy and short of ideas. Cesc Fabregas had two good efforts – twice testing Kasper Schmeichel – and seconds from the end the Danish keeper pushed away a free-kick from Marcos Alonso.
The Blues are now level on points with second-placed Manchester United, who play on Monday.
The Blues – who could slip behind Liverpool and into fourth on Sunday – will hope to get back on track in their FA Cup third-round replay at home to second-tier Norwich City on Wednesday.
Leicester have 31 points and remain in eighth.