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

The Championship outfit held the Premier League champions to a stalemate at Carrow Road, earning a replay at Stamford Bridge for a second chance to make it into the fourth round of the competition.

The hosts had the best of a hard-fought first half featuring few chances, the best of which saw Jamal Lewis set Murphy clear down the left in the 17th minute and the attacker's shot nearly caught Willy Caballero at his near post but the keeper claimed the ball.

Chelsea did improve after half-time, with Willian injecting some much-needed pace and drive around the box.

Chelsea defender David Luiz could play for the first time since 22 November after recovering from a knee injury and Charly Musonda could also feature.

But Norwich managed to stem the tide and Alex Pritchard shot over in a rare second-half opening for the hosts.

Daniel Farke: "Perhaps they had some advantages but we still had our chances".

Steven Naismith has scored six goals in his last six matches against Chelsea in all competitions, including a hat-trick last time out in the Premier League in September 2015. A draw is a totally fair result.

Antonio Conte: "For sure there is a bit of disappointment because to have another match in a schedule so busy is not easy, is not simple, but we tried to win the game".

The Canaries sit 13th in the Championship table after winning just 3 of their last 13 games while they've been knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup for the last four seasons so they face a tough task today. "When you play this trophy, especially away, it's very hard".

On Thursday, we covered a story from UOL which revealed the reasons David Luiz isn't leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window.

"Don't forget that Michy is a young player".

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