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Eden Hazard, who was crucial as he scored the decisive penalty in Chelsea clash against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge, believes the Premier League champions did not perform as they usually did during the season so far.

“We had chances to kill off the game – Hazard told BBC sport  but the FA Cup is always not easy. The first game away was a bad game and also today it was not our best game of the season, but we gave everything at the end of the game when it was nine versus 11″.

“We showed great character after the draw at the end of time so we are happy, but also sad that we lost two players. But we are ready for the next step.”

“Today is a replay and with a replay you have to win the game, with extra-time and penalties it’s not easy, we got two red cards which is the bad thing for today but at least we go through and we are ready for Brighton at the weekend.

 Chelsea face Newcastle United in the next Premier League game, as the Belgian star underlined: “We can focus on the league and also be ready for the next round against Newcastle” he said.

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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 manager Antonio Conte believes V.A.R. still needs improvement as ‘there was a very clear situation with Willian at the start of extra-time’ in the dramatic FA Cup clash against Norwich City tonight.

“I watched it again and this is a very clear penalty” the boss said.

“The referee took the decision quickly to book Willian. It means you don’t have doubt. Instead, if you want to improve this new system, you have to wait to check with the person watching the game. Then, if this person is 100 per cent sure, and says it is simulation, you go and book Willian”.

“The person who was watching the game must have had a doubt. There was a kick to Willian. In this case you have to call the referee and say there is a doubt. Maybe it’s not a penalty, but it’s better you watch the situation because the final decision is for the referee on the pitch. Otherwise we have another referee and this is not right”.

The new V.A.R. system has been introduced also in the Italian Serie A and Bundesliga at the start of the current season, as Conte underlined: “In Italy, before using this new system, they tried and tried it. When you introduce a new system, you need a bit of time before finding the best way of using it. It is not right if the referee doesn’t go to watch a doubtful situation, because the final decision is for the referee on the pitch”.

Conte added: “This is my opinion to help the new system. In Italy we have been using this system for six months and I think you can reduce a lot of the referees’ mistakes. I like to accept the referee’s decision, but if we want to use a new system, I can’t accept a big mistake. The Willian penalty was a big, big mistake, not of the referee on the pitch but the one watching on the TV”.

“I hope it wasn’t a referee because if you don’t see this when you are watching on TV, maybe it will be impossible to see this type of situation when you are on the pitch”.

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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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Chelsea are considering to place a January bid to sign left-wing Emerson Palmieri from AS Roma and made an enquiry to ponder a potential move for the Italian, according to SkySport in Italy.

It is understood the Italian international and Brazil-born defender struggled to get first-squad football with the Giallorossi this campaign, as he recovers from a knee ligament injury and former Man City star Aleksandr Kolarov impressed so far.

Marcos Alonso needs a back-up and Emerson Palmieri could represent a key player in Chelsea’s team.

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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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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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Chelsea‘s £1billion redevelopment of Stamford Bridge has received further backing after Hammersmith and Fulham Council agreed to use statutory powers to overcome an injunction which threatened to derail the project.

The Crosthwaites family took out an injunction against the redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, claiming the new 60,000-seater stadium will severely reduce the amount of natural light on their property, where they have lived for 50 years.

But the council has agreed to acquire an interest in land – owned by Network Rail and Transport for London – in order to engage section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act 2016, which would override the “right to light” principle.

No one spoke on behalf of the Crosthwaites or Chelsea on the issue and there were no additional comments before the remaining councillors declared their agreement to the compulsory purchase.

There may yet be further legal challenges.

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Chelsea captain Gary Cahill features on the cover of the latest edition of Chelsea, the Blues official magazine.

In the exclusive interview Cahill gave to the magazine and part of which is reported on Chelsea official website, the English defender talks about his experience with the Blues.

You realign your goals as you go along, because you always need goals,” Cahill tells the official magazine. “You start off just wanting to play in the Premier League – when you’re young, you see the guys ahead of you and living the lives they lead, and it’s there for you if you want it and you work hard enough. That’s your first goal. Then they keep coming: score your first goal; go to a big team; win a trophy; get a first international cap. It never stops. It’s hard to reflect on things when you’re in the season. I just keep going the way I’m going. But then you look at it: yeah, I’ve been here six years, won six trophies, all the goals I’ve scored and the England caps that go along with it. I see my time at Chelsea from the day I signed up until now as a total success.”

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Speaking at a press conference after the Leicester game, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte also provided an injury update on captain Gary Cahill, who limped off the pitch in the first half with a suspect of hamstring injury: “Cahill has a muscular problem, but not a serious problem” Conte said.

“I don’t know how much time he needs to recover but the doctor told me that not serious”.

Andreas Christensen was the centre-back who replaced Cahill following his injury, playing alongside Antonio Rudiger and Cesar Azpilicueta in the defensive third.


Eden Hazard, who was crucial as he scored the decisive penalty in Chelsea clash against Norwich City at Stamford Bridge, believes the Premier League...