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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had his say also on Pedro and Alvaro Morata, who were both sent off during extra-time in FA Cup clash against Norwich City tonight.

The Italian said: “If there is diving it is right to give a yellow card. I don’t want an advantage, especially if you know there is this system. If someone gives a punch or an elbow, you must also pay great attention”.

“I am not happy with the second yellow card for Morata. The first was for a doubtful situation, but I haven’t seen it again”.

Conte added: “The second yellow card was for dissent. You must pay great attention at this moment of the game to stay calm and to make the best decision”.

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Chelsea beat Norwich City 5-3  in FA Cup replay only at penalty shoot-outs after ending 1-1 in the 90′.

After a really disappointing first half, where the only highlights were the crossbars hit by  Danny Drinkwater and …., the Blues were able to take the lead with Michy Batshuayi with 10 minutes into the second half.

Norwich, anyway, didn’t surrender and after hitting the post with Murphy at 61′ they kept attacking, with Willy Caballero saving an effort by Maddison at 65′.

Meanwhile, Pedro received his first yellow card for diving in the penalty box.

The Canaries got their reward in the last minute of injury time, at 94′, when Murphy finally found the equaliser in front of his fans, that erupted in celebration as well as Norwich bench.

The first extra rime started with a doubtful situation: Willian goes down in the penalty box after under a sliding challenge but the referee says it’s a free-kick to Norwich and the Brazilian winger is booked by referee Graham Scott.

However, worst is yet to come for Chelsea: in the last minutes of the second extra time both Pedro and Alvaro Morata are sent out.

The first one after receiving the second yellow card for a foul in the midfield, the second one after being booked for diving in the very last minute of the game and then for shouting in the referee’s face.

After this crazy period the penalty shoot-outs are going to decided who is going through this round.

Willian scores, but Caballero immediately shows his skills saving Nelson Oliveira’s kick.

David Luiz, Cesar Azpilicueta, Kante and eventually Eden Hazard all score, so the Blues are finally through the fourth round, where they are going to face Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle in ten days.

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Another disappointing display for the Blues, 345 minutes without scoring a single goal in the last games.

Not an enthusiastic balance for Chelsea after 45 minutes against Norwich City in the FA Cup third round replay.

Only two things to mention from this boring first half: two crossbars hit, one for each team: the first one for Chelsea with Danny Drinkwater and the second one for the Canaries with Nelson Oliveira.

Antonio Conte will have to find some new weapon to use in his team if he wants to go through the next round in the next 45 minutes.

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Here you are the confirmed line-ups of tonight’s Fa Cup‘s third round replay at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea: Caballero; Azpilicueta, David Luiz Ampadu; Zappacosta, Bakayoko, Drinkwater, Kenedy; Willian, Batshuayi, Pedro

Substitutes: Eduardo, Christensen, Sterling, Kante, Musonda, Hazard, Morata

Norwich City: Gunn, Pinto, Zimmerman, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Reed, Vrancic, Maddison, Murphy, Oliveira

Substitutes: McGovern, Husband, Hoolahan, Stiepermann, Raggett, Tettey, Cantwe

 

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Ethan Ampadu will play in the defensive third tonight, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has confirmed when asked at a press conference ahead of FA Cup replay against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge.

The Italian manager, speaking about the Wales international 17-year-old, stated: “He will start as one of the three central defenders, he deserves to play. He’s showing that in every game I make this decision, like against Everton and Bournemouth”.

“He’s shown me he is ready to play with the right concentration and be ready physically and tactically to play at this level”.

He added: “It’s unusual for a player who is only 17 but that shows age is not important if I give you the chance to play and you repay me with a great performance. We are talking about a really great prospect for Chelsea for the present and future”.

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Antonio Conte sent a clear message today during his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City: his task is to win games and to make the best choices for the club and all the players must accept this.

I’m the coach. I decide. It’s not important if one player is happy or not. Only here is there this situation. You are very worried about whether a player is happy or not”. Conte replied to the journalists. “This is not important. My first task is to do the best for the team and the club. Not to make every player happy. Otherwise we’d risk finishing 20th in the table. Every press conference there is always this question about whether I’m worried about making my players happy. No. I’m worried to win”.

In particular, the question about players’ happiness was linked to Eden Hazard‘s situation, who Conte replaced in the last two games Chelsea played.

We are talking about a player who, recently, had a bad injury in his ankle and surgery. Usually, when you have this type of situation, you must pay great attention,” Conte explained. “During the season you can have ups and downs. He missed the pre-season with us, too. I think that, with him, we are trying to find the best way. It’s normal that one player can’t keep always top of the form. But, like the others, my task is to try and improve him and try and put him in the best physical condition to take the best decision for the team during games. Not only for him, but for every single player”.

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In his press conference ahead of the Fa Cup‘s third round replay vs Norwich City at Stamford BridgeChelsea manager Antonio Conte explained why new signing Ross Barkley will not play.

He is not able to play because the transfer was late.”  Conte said. “We are preparing a friendly game for him this week and we will see his physical condition. He could be ready for the next game or the next game.”

Not only Barkley will miss tomorrow’s game, as both Cahill and Fabregas won’t be available due to their injuries.

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History was involuntarily made at Stamford Bridge today by Chelsea and Antonio Conte.

In fact, the Premier League champions have now recorded three consecutive goalless draws in all competitions for the first time in their history after 10-man Leicester escaped West London with more than a deserved point.

The Foxes became the third consecutive team to stop the Blues coping comfortably with everything Conte’s side could muster, even after Ben Chilwell was sent off midway through the second half.

Before today Chelsea collected other two goalless draw against Norwich in FA Cup third round and against Arsenal in the first leg of League Cup semifinal.

 

 

 

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WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: Jamie Vardy of Leicester City celebrates after scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Leicester City at The Hawthorns on April 29, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

After missing the Fa Cup third round game vs Fleetwood Town, Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy has recovered from his injury and he will be available for tomorrow’s Premier League game vs Chelsea.

He will be available, [there is] no problem with Jamie,” the Foxes manager Claude Puel confirmed. “He has trained well this week and he’s available for the game.”

On the other hand, however, defenders Wes Morgan and Danny Simpson will not be available tomorrow at Stamford Bridge“I don’t know for the moment how long [Morgan] will stay out of the squad,” Puel added. “When I have news – I hope good news – I can speak about the injury. [Danny] can run a little, not fast, but he can run which is good news. We’ll see when he can come back.”

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“We must be satisfied with his physical condition,” said Chelsea boss Antonio Conte when asked whether new signing Ross Barkley could feature for the Blues soon.

The Italian manager believes Barkley could be fully fit for the FA Cup replay against Norwich City later this month: “He is working very hard these days and maybe for the next game against Norwich he could be available to be in contention” Conte stated.

He added: “I hope so, because if he continues in this way, why not? This guy is not 100 per cent ready but I think he can start to help us for the rest of this season”.

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