Antonio Conte's side were without their usual energy, the manager stating that his players were "tired" after the exhaustive run of the festive fixtures, substituting star players Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas early in the first half due to exhausted legs.
Asked about his side's lack of goals recently, he said: "I think the problem is for the team, not only for Morata". Very exhausted. I think we played with tiredness today. "We didn't play well but that's when we need the fans behind us". "To play Wednesday night and then today against a really good team, a team in really good physical form like Leicester, after only two and a half days", he told reporters at his post-match press conference. We tried to create chances, to score, and we are not suffering defensively.
But Conte has defended his decisions, even though he admitted that he may have made a mistake by starting Morata and Hazard as a front two so soon after the goalless Carabao Cup draw with Arsenal.
"During the game I understood many players didn't recover from the game against Arsenal", Conte said on Chelsea TV.
"But I think, today, I saw a lot of players very exhausted". We suffered a lot in the first half and at the start of the second half. "There's a risk involved and we know that, but that's our game". "But at the end I think the result was fair".
And Chelsea will have to recovery quickly as they prepare for a third round FA Cup replay against Norwich City on Wednesday.