Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has suggested that fatigue played a part in his side drawing a blank against Leicester City this afternoon.
The Foxes dominated until the second-half sending off of Ben Chilwell, for two yellow cards, and the Blues' performance was lacklustre.
Chelsea have played out three successive goalless draws - against Norwich, Arsenal and Leicester, respectively - and are on a four-game winless run in all competitions. "When you face all competitions and you go very far in them I think you must have a big squad to face every game".More news: India, Australia tours are biggest challenges for England: Jos Buttler
However, the former Juventus coach was defiant in his response, insisting the club will have to show him the door if they want to replace him.
And Chelsea will have to recovery quickly as they prepare for a third round FA Cup replay against Norwich City on Wednesday.
"But I think, today, I saw a lot of players very exhausted".
The fact Chelsea are even considering a move for Carroll, who has struggled to play regularly for several seasons due to injuries, highlights Conte's lack of faith in Michy Batshuayi. We suffered a lot in the first half and at the start of the second half.More news: Ex-Wolves boss Paul Lambert named new Stoke City manager
"When I made a decision to put fresh energy on with Willian and Pedro, the game changed". We tried to win the game. "I think at the end the result was fair".
He admitted he got his team selection wrong by making only two changes from the team which drew 0-0 at home to Arsenal in the Carabao Cup three days earlier.
"Compared to last season we are conceding less, we are showing great solidity defensively".
Conte added: "I am fully committed to Chelsea, to work with my players to try to improve the club in the football aspect".More news: Seattle Genetics (NASDAQ:SGEN) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Report Finds