Norwich City v Chelsea

Arnold Nichols
January 7, 2018

That replay is likely to be played in about 10 days' time, stuck-in between the Leicester City and Brighton games, a week before going back to the Emirates for the second leg of the League Cup semifinal.

Blues boss Conte declared: "For sure there is a bit of disappointment because to have another match in a schedule so busy is not easy, is not simple, but we tried to win the game.

In the first half we had difficulty to attack but in the second half we created chances to score", he told reporters. We knew the difficulty of the game.

We expect Conte to shuffle his pack during this congested period, and we could see the likes of David Luiz and Michy Batshuayi get some much craved game-time.

"We have to play another game - the schedule is busy".

Norwich responded with their own attack and nearly took the lead from a 70th minute free-kick which was punched away by Caballero with Murphy's followup volley hitting a Blues player.

On Thursday, we covered a story from UOL which revealed the reasons David Luiz isn't leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window.

"I think until now the stats are good for this player and don't forget he is a young player, only 25 years old".

Chelsea came out with more objective in the second half and had a chance on 50 minutes but Angus Gunn got down well to smother Michy Batshuayi's long-range shot.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that Norwich City deserved their 0-0 draw in the third round of the FA Cup this evening.

"At least I can just praise the lads and nothing but compliments". We tried to win, but they defended very well and the result was very fair. It's a pity because we wanted to win the game, instead we have to play another game'. Hopefully, they'll produce something more than just commitment then.

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