FA Cup: Moses Rested, Luiz Returns As Norwich Force Chelsea Replay

Chelsea stars set to return against Arsenal as Conte prioritises Carabao Cup

"Don't forget that Michy is a young player". On the touchline, Alvaro Morata was swiftly summoned from his stretching and told to ready himself to come on. By this time last season it had happened only twice, against Arsenal and Tottenham.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in his post-match reaction, expressed frustration of having to play a replay, adding that it was a hard game. 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. Right now we have a replay at Chelsea. The loss of Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid is sort of null and void as Costa was not available for Conte all season but it highlights the fact that Chelsea have just two experienced strikers in the squad. Maybe it doesn't help us for the league but I'm a big believer in the cup.

That ultimately proved to be Chelsea's last chance of the game.

There might also be an element of tactical stagnation. Our target was to win the game and to try to avoid to repeat the game. Conte's substitutes' bench against Norwich included three teenagers and two 20-year-olds with fewer than 15 senior Blues appearances combined, and it is clear that he does not trust any except Ethan Ampadu to make an impactful contribution against top-tier opponents.

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

January is a notoriously hard time to make good signings, particularly at the price paid for Barkley.

However, it was the first time that the Blues had been forced to a replay by a Championship side since February 2012, when Birmingham City faced the Pensioners twice in the fifth round of the competition.



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