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Conte rues 'poor' performance and added fixture congestion for Chelsea

Conte rues 'poor' performance and added fixture congestion for Chelsea

Chelsea were held 0-0 by Norwich City for Saturday's third round FA Cup clash.

Chelsea have progressed from 20 of their last 21 FA Cup ties against non-Premier League sides, with the exception their 4-2 defeat to Bradford in January 2015.

A second-half revival by Chelsea after a lethargic first half by one of the most expensively assembled teams in the land - even if it was essentially the second string - was not enough to deny Norwich City a replay back at Stamford Bridge.

Bad days happen (in fact, we were just talking about Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Southend at the Bridge back in 2008-09 in this same round), and at least we didn't lose - Norwich were not almost good enough for that. We tried to win the game but we must accept the final result. "Offensively we were poor", he said.

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.

Mourinho blasted Conte's behaviour during their match at Stamford Bridge in October 2016
Mourinho blasted Conte's behaviour during their match at Stamford Bridge in October 2016

Norwich City are 2-2-1 in their last five home games and 2-1-2 in their last five overall.

"It was a pity because if he scores we win the game against Arsenal", Conte added. For us it's not simple to add another game in the schedule.

Both teams will meet in a replay at Stamford Bridge to decide who goes through into the fourth round. We are talking about a young striker who can become one of the best in the world in the future.

The article claimed the club would be afraid of criticism, while Roman Abramovich respects the history the defender has for them.

"To be honest I'm a bit disappointed it was not a win for us. The schedule is very busy, we have to play two games in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal, but these are the rules and we have to respect that".

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