Norwich City hold Chelsea as Blues lack cutting edge

Premier League champions Chelsea lost the FA Cup final to Arsenal in May.

After a match of few chances, against a much-changed Blues side, City held out to earn a Stamford Bridge replay later this month and ensure their name goes into the hat for the fourth round draw. "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".

You always had the feeling Norwich had missed their opportunity when they dominated the first half without seriously troubling Willy Caballero.

Alex Pritchard was unable to react quick enough to convert that half chance, while Josh Murphy failed to add to his eight goals in all competitions with a wild effort before the half hour.

Conte's half-time words clearly had an impact on Willian as he began to run the show, the Brazilian creating one chance for Danny Drinkwater before seeing Gunn get down well to save two low drives.

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

Centre-back David Luiz last featured for the defending Premier League champions in the 4-0 rout of Qarabag in the Champions League in November.

Chelsea pressed late on but the closest they came to a victor was when Davide Zappacosta shot narrowly wide in injury-time. When you play in this trophy you know it is very hard, but today the commitment of my players was very good.

While Willian tried to make something happen for Chelsea, he could not find a way past Norwich's defence, with Zimmermann particularly impressive in the back three.

I think this is an FA Cup game where we could see a shock.

The German came into the side in place of Nelson Oliveira and helped keep Michy Batshuayi and then Alvaro Morata quiet in a solid display.

  • Rosalie Stanley