London - Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut
Courtois has challenged his misfiring team-mates to rediscover their
cutting edge in Saturday's clash with Leicester City.
Antonio Conte's side
were held to a frustrating goalless draw in the League Cup semi-final first leg
against Arsenal on Wednesday despite creating a host of chances.
The Blues were also
held to a scoreless draw by second tier Norwich in the FA Cup third round last
With only 41 Premier
League goals this season, Chelsea have scored less than any of their top four
rivals and lag 16 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Conte has called on
his players to show a more ruthless instinct in front of goal and, with
Leicester due at Stamford Bridge this weekend, Courtois echoed his manager's
"Against Stoke we
scored five goals but against other teams we have maybe missed too many
chances," Courtois said.
"Like 2-2 at the
Emirates (on January 4) and 0-0 and at the weekend against Norwich, maybe we
have to score more goals from the chances we create because I think we create
enough danger, but we need to finish it as well."
There was nothing
wrong with Chelsea's approach play as they carved open the Arsenal defence on
several occasions, but Blues defender Antonio Rudiger knows that enterprising
build-up counts for nothing without a goal the end of it.
"I think the last
pass is missing, the final part to score the goal. There weren't a lot of
chances against Arsenal but some were there. We have to kill a match off,"
Conte vowed to carry
out an inquest into the problem on the training pitch.
But the Italian
insisted it is not only the forwards who are culpable, pointing to two missed
headed chances by defender Andreas Christensen against Arsenal.
"We are conceding
less than last season, but we are not scoring like last season. We have to
improve," Conte said.
comments and his support for Alvaro Morata, it appears the Spain striker is
feeling the burden of expectation.
Morata scored seven
goals in his first eight appearances following his move from Real Madrid, as a
replacement for Diego Costa, but he has since netted just five times in 21
Morata might be suffering from a loss of confidence.
"As a striker
it's normal that you want to score. Of course, there are times when the head is
down a little bit," he said.
"I'm not worried
about him. The whole team is with him and I think all the fans are with him.
"It's just a
difficult period for him. Sometimes there are spells when you score and don't
score, but his effort for the team is good and he always tries. If he scores
again, everything will be fine."
striker Jamie Vardy will be fit to face Chelsea after recovering from a groin
international missed Saturday's FA Cup draw at Fleetwood but will make the trip
to west London.
Leicester captain Wes
Morgan and defender Danny Simpson remain out with hamstring problems.
"He will be
available for the game, there is no problem with Jamie. He can train well this
week," Leicester boss Claude Puel said.
"I don't know how
long Wes will stay outside the squad but I hope to have some good news and hope
I can speak about the end of the injury."