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Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Gary Rowett furious as Cameron Jerome denied penalty and booked for diving

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Gary Rowett furious as Cameron Jerome denied penalty and booked for diving

It was a decade ago this year when Derby County slipped out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment and a record low points total. And Derby’s hopes of ending that painful exile were damaged on Friday night by a bewildering refereeing decision which left manager Gary Rowett frustrated. After his emerging team were denied by not one, but two Bristol City goalkeepers, referee Darren England took centre stage three minutes from time by booking Cameron Jerome for simulation. Jerome, a Derby substitute, was clearly fouled by City defender Aden Flint in the penalty area yet was punished for diving to complete an excruciating evening for Rowett’s promotion chasers. Frank Fielding prevented Derby from taking the lead in the first half before a groin injury ensured he was replaced by Luke Steele for the second period, with City’s other goalkeeper helping end a run of five successive defeats for his team with two fine saves. But it was the contentious incident in the 87th minute which riled Rowett, though his team remain in second place. Cameron Jerome goes down in the box Credit: AKY SPORTS “It was a stonewall penalty,” he said. “It’s the most obvious spot-kick you’ll see and I’ve seen it three or four times. “When it’s a game that tight, one thing can define the game. The referee didn’t give it, that’s what it is. He didn’t do it on purpose but reality is that’s cost us.  “I am disappointed and I spoke to the referee afterwards. If you showed it 1,000 people, 1,000 would say it was a penalty.” Derby arguably should have secured their ninth win from the last 12 Championship games long before the pivotal moment. Matej Vydra, their leading scorer, forced a fine save from Fielding after a low free-kick from 25 yards and then from the corner Curtis Davies had a header cleared off the line by Flint. Ten minutes before half-time, Jonny Russell struck the crossbar from a set-piece. Lee Johnson, the City manager, was forced into a tactical reshuffle at half-time, bringing on record signing Famara Diédhiou for his first game since October while Fielding, the goalkeeper, was also replaced due to injury. Fielding’s deputy, Steele, produced an excellent save in the 63rd minute to push Tom Lawrence’s fierce shot over the bar. Steele then frustrated Vydra from close range with another instinctive stop as the City defence were caught out by David Nugent’s clever pass. Rowett introduced Jerome for the final 14 minutes and it was Derby’s new £1.5 million signing who provided the late controversy when he collapsed under Flint’s challenge.  Johnson said: “It did look like a penalty but sometimes you get away with those. My initial reaction was that it’s a dive but I’d be upset if one of my players was booked for that. "You could say we were lucky to get away with a point but we worked very hard. It's a good point for us and it stops the mini rot." Team details Derby County (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Thorne, Huddlestone; Russell, Vydra (Jerome 76), Lawrence (Weimann 76); Nugent (Winnall 76). Subs Mitchell (g), Baird, Pearce, Hanson.  Booked Jerome. Bristol City (4-4-2) Fielding (Steele 46); Wright, Flint, Baker (Diedhiou 46), Magnusson; Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Bryan; Paterson, Reid. Subs Kelly, Eliasson, Walsh, Kent, Engvall. Booked Bryan.  Referee Darren England (South Yorkshire). 

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Gary Rowett furious as Cameron Jerome denied penalty and booked for diving

It was a decade ago this year when Derby County slipped out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment and a record low points total. And Derby’s hopes of ending that painful exile were damaged on Friday night by a bewildering refereeing decision which left manager Gary Rowett frustrated. After his emerging team were denied by not one, but two Bristol City goalkeepers, referee Darren England took centre stage three minutes from time by booking Cameron Jerome for simulation. Jerome, a Derby substitute, was clearly fouled by City defender Aden Flint in the penalty area yet was punished for diving to complete an excruciating evening for Rowett’s promotion chasers. Frank Fielding prevented Derby from taking the lead in the first half before a groin injury ensured he was replaced by Luke Steele for the second period, with City’s other goalkeeper helping end a run of five successive defeats for his team with two fine saves. But it was the contentious incident in the 87th minute which riled Rowett, though his team remain in second place. Cameron Jerome goes down in the box Credit: AKY SPORTS “It was a stonewall penalty,” he said. “It’s the most obvious spot-kick you’ll see and I’ve seen it three or four times. “When it’s a game that tight, one thing can define the game. The referee didn’t give it, that’s what it is. He didn’t do it on purpose but reality is that’s cost us.  “I am disappointed and I spoke to the referee afterwards. If you showed it 1,000 people, 1,000 would say it was a penalty.” Derby arguably should have secured their ninth win from the last 12 Championship games long before the pivotal moment. Matej Vydra, their leading scorer, forced a fine save from Fielding after a low free-kick from 25 yards and then from the corner Curtis Davies had a header cleared off the line by Flint. Ten minutes before half-time, Jonny Russell struck the crossbar from a set-piece. Lee Johnson, the City manager, was forced into a tactical reshuffle at half-time, bringing on record signing Famara Diédhiou for his first game since October while Fielding, the goalkeeper, was also replaced due to injury. Fielding’s deputy, Steele, produced an excellent save in the 63rd minute to push Tom Lawrence’s fierce shot over the bar. Steele then frustrated Vydra from close range with another instinctive stop as the City defence were caught out by David Nugent’s clever pass. Rowett introduced Jerome for the final 14 minutes and it was Derby’s new £1.5 million signing who provided the late controversy when he collapsed under Flint’s challenge.  Johnson said: “It did look like a penalty but sometimes you get away with those. My initial reaction was that it’s a dive but I’d be upset if one of my players was booked for that. "You could say we were lucky to get away with a point but we worked very hard. It's a good point for us and it stops the mini rot." Team details Derby County (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Thorne, Huddlestone; Russell, Vydra (Jerome 76), Lawrence (Weimann 76); Nugent (Winnall 76). Subs Mitchell (g), Baird, Pearce, Hanson.  Booked Jerome. Bristol City (4-4-2) Fielding (Steele 46); Wright, Flint, Baker (Diedhiou 46), Magnusson; Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Bryan; Paterson, Reid. Subs Kelly, Eliasson, Walsh, Kent, Engvall. Booked Bryan.  Referee Darren England (South Yorkshire). 

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Gary Rowett furious as Cameron Jerome denied penalty and booked for diving

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Luke Steele comes off the bench to help clinch point in incident-packed match

It was a decade ago this year when Derby County slipped out of the Premier League amid acute embarrassment and a record low points total.  Optimism is building that Gary Rowett can finally end that painful exile, but Derby’s promotion challenge was frustrated here by not one, but two goalkeepers, and the referee.  Frank Fielding denied Derby in the first half before an injury ­ensured he was replaced by Luke Steele for the second period, with Bristol City’s other goalkeeper helping end a run of five successive defeats for his team.  There was also controversy in the 86th minute as referee Darren England booked substitute Cameron Jerome for diving, when it appeared he had been caught by Aden Flint in the area. It was one of those nights for Rowett, though Derby remain in second place. It was the 4-1 defeat at Ashton Gate in September which proved a pivotal moment for Rowett and his squad. That chastening experience, which was also Bristol City’s biggest victory of the season, prompted clear-the-air talks in Derby’s dressing room and a rethink in strategy. Derby have only lost two league games since.  This felt like a significant night for both clubs and it was the visitors who were the more dangerous in the early exchanges. Lee Johnson will face Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the second leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final on Tuesday, yet automatic promotion in the Championship is still in their sights. Flint’s header was saved by Scott Carson before Jamie Paterson missed the target from eight yards as Derby’s defence dithered.  But Derby improved and Matej Vydra, their leading scorer, forced a fine save from Fielding after a low free-kick from 25 yards. From the corner, Curtis Davies had a header cleared off the line by Flint and, 10 minutes before half-time, Jonny Russell struck the crossbar.  Johnson made a tactical reshuffle at half-time, bringing on record signing Famara Diedhiou for his first game since October while Fielding, the goalkeeper, was also replaced due to injury.  Fielding’s deputy, Steele, produced an excellent save in the 63rd minute to push Tom Lawrence’s fierce shot over the bar. Steele then frustrated Vydra from close range with another instinctive stop as the City defence were caught out by David Nugent’s clever pass.  But Johnson’s tinkering made City far more of an attacking threat and Bobby Reid, the forward, was at the heart of their positive play. In an absorbing contest, Joe Bryan almost found the bottom corner with a volley from outside the area.  Rowett introduced new £1.5 million signing Jerome, Andreas Weimann and Sam Winnall for the final 14 minutes but the two contenders could not be separated. Jerome was also controversially booked late on for an alleged dive in the area, after a challenge from Flint, piling on the frustration for Rowett. Team details Derby County (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Thorne, Huddlestone; Russell, Vydra (Jerome 76), Lawrence (Weimann 76); Nugent (Winnall 76). Subs Mitchell (g), Baird, Pearce, Hanson.  Booked Jerome. Bristol City (4-4-2) Fielding (Steele 46); Wright, Flint, Baker (Diedhiou 46), Magnusson; Brownhill, Pack, Smith, Bryan; Paterson, Reid. Subs Kelly, Eliasson, Walsh, Kent, Engvall. Booked Bryan.  Referee Darren England (South Yorkshire). 

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Luke Steele comes off the bench to help clinch point in incident-packed match

Derby County 0 Bristol City 0: Penalty controversy in goalless draw

Cameron Jerome was denied a penalty for a seemingly clear trip as Derby County were held 0-0 by EFL Cup semi-finalists Bristol City.

Derby County to boost Premier League push with Cameron Jerome signing

Gary Rowett is poised to boost Derby's push for the Premier League with the £1.5 million capture of Cameron Jerome, the Norwich forward. Jerome will have a medical at Derby’s training ground on Tuesday after Norwich accepted an offer from the Championship promotion chasers. Rowett, the Derby manager, has moved for Jerome in a bid to strengthen his squad ahead of the final run-in as the club attempt to return to the top flight for the first time since 2008. Jerome, 31, has not started a league game for Norwich since the 2-1 defeat at Bolton on November 4 and is being made available to raise funds for manager Daniel Farke. Rowett has been a long-term admirer of the former Stoke striker and will clinch his signature ahead of rivals Cardiff, another of Jerome's former clubs.  Derby could help finance the move by loaning out striker Chris Martin, with a cluster of Championship clubs including Leeds, Reading and Fulham interested. Jerome is set to make his Derby debut against Bristol City on Friday night at Pride Park. The deal could be worth £2m if Derby are promoted. Derby's 3-0 win at Birmingham on Saturday maintained their position in second, 10 points behind leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers. Cardiff, meanwhile, are facing competition from Sheffield United in the race to sign Adam Forshaw, the Middlesbrough midfielder. Forshaw is set to leave Middlesbrough this month and Cardiff and United want to sign him on loan.

Derby County to boost Premier League push with Cameron Jerome signing

VAR confusion leads to Mike Riley asking referees to make clearer signals over when technology is consulted

Referees could be instructed to signal more clearly when consulting their video assistants following crowd confusion on the English competitive debut of Video Assistant Referees. The general manager of Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, Mike Riley, revealed changes were planned to the use of VAR ahead of its next outing in two FA Cup third-round replays next week. This week’s two VAR games saw the referee employ a ‘finger to ear’ signal when communicating with his video assistant. But Riley accepted it had not been obvious to spectators that checks were being made when goals were scored or after penalty decisions. There was particular confusion about whether Brighton & Hove Albion’s winning goal in Monday night’s FA Cup win over Crystal Palace had been checked for handball. Chaos on the pitch, delays to matches and even more angry fans - yet the Premier League would be better off with VAR Riley told BBC Radio Five Live: “It is really important for spectators in the stadium to understand when it’s being used or not. “Part of the process we’re going through at the moment is how we can do that really effectively. “Currently, if you look at the referee, you’ll see him put his finger in his ear. “But I accept that, in a stadium, that can be quite difficult to see. So, how can we improve that experience for the spectators? “We’re talking around that, reviewing both games this week and coming up with some ideas for next week to make that more effective.” The same issue was identified during last summer’s Confederations Cup, with officials subsequently instructed to mime a television signal whenever checks were being made, not just when VAR had been used to change a decision. The VAR matches next week will be Chelsea v Norwich City and Leicester City v Fleetwood Town. Among the fourth-round FA Cup ties to use VAR, meanwhile, will almost certainly be Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion after it was the only match selected for live broadcast guaranteed to be at a Premier League ground. The game will be on BT Sport 2 on Saturday, January 27. If Chelsea beat Norwich, their tie with Newcastle United - also on BT Sport 2 - could be another VAR game the following afternoon. Manchester United, meanwhile, will return to TV screens in the FA Cup when the BBC shows their trip to Yeovil Town on Friday, January 26. As exclusively revealed by Telegraph Sport, their third-round win over Derby County was their first Cup tie not to be shown live for 13 years.

FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Rowett ends Stoke rumours with new Derby contract

Gary Rowett admits he is flattered by the rumours linking him with Stoke City but has committed his future to Derby County.

This Mourinho Instagram post suggests Manchester United’s warm-weather training isn’t going to plan

United travelled to Dubai after beating Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

This Mourinho Instagram post suggests Manchester United’s warm-weather training isn’t going to plan

United travelled to Dubai after beating Derby County in the FA Cup third round.

FILE PHOTO - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County

FILE PHOTO - Soccer Football - FA Cup Third Round - Manchester United vs Derby County - Old Trafford, Manchester, Britain - January 5, 2018 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho walks off at half time Action Images via Reuters/Jason Cairnduff

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract, as Stoke consider the 43-year-old as Mark Hughes' successor. Rowett is in negotiations over an improved deal after guiding Derby to second in the Championship, just ten months after he was appointed by the Midlands club. Stoke have identified the former Birmingham manager as a leading contender to replace Hughes, along with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. But Derby are accelerating talks over Rowett's contract amid interest from the Premier League strugglers, while they are also determined to reject any approach. Rowett's current contract has 18 months to run. Telegraph Sport understands it will require a figure of around £1.7m in compensation to prise Rowett out of Pride Park. O'Neill is another potential candidate and is thought to be interested in returning to club football after nearly five years with the Ireland team. Links to Ryan Giggs have been completely dismissed by sources at the bet365 Stadium. Hughes was dismissed on Saturday, less than three hours after the 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the FA Cup. Ryan Shawcross, the captain, said: "Mark Hughes has been a huge part of a great story over the last few years. Mark Hughes was sacked after a dismal run of form Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Some of the performances we produced under him were fantastic, obviously the 6-1 win over Liverpool springs to mind as well as finishing in ninth place in the Premier League three years in succession. “Ultimately though, the manager knows that it is a results driven business and unfortunately he has lost his job because of the way things have gone this season.”

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Derby County are in talks with manager Gary Rowett over a new contract, as Stoke consider the 43-year-old as Mark Hughes' successor. Rowett is in negotiations over an improved deal after guiding Derby to second in the Championship, just ten months after he was appointed by the Midlands club. Stoke have identified the former Birmingham manager as a leading contender to replace Hughes, along with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. But Derby are accelerating talks over Rowett's contract amid interest from the Premier League strugglers, while they are also determined to reject any approach. Rowett's current contract has 18 months to run. Telegraph Sport understands it will require a figure of around £1.7m in compensation to prise Rowett out of Pride Park. O'Neill is another potential candidate and is thought to be interested in returning to club football after nearly five years with the Ireland team. Links to Ryan Giggs have been completely dismissed by sources at the bet365 Stadium. Hughes was dismissed on Saturday, less than three hours after the 2-1 defeat to Coventry in the FA Cup. Ryan Shawcross, the captain, said: "Mark Hughes has been a huge part of a great story over the last few years. Mark Hughes was sacked after a dismal run of form Credit: GETTY IMAGES “Some of the performances we produced under him were fantastic, obviously the 6-1 win over Liverpool springs to mind as well as finishing in ninth place in the Premier League three years in succession. “Ultimately though, the manager knows that it is a results driven business and unfortunately he has lost his job because of the way things have gone this season.”

Derby County in contract talks with Gary Rowett to fend off Stoke interest

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

Norwich 0 Chelsea 0: Toothless performance leaves Antonio Conte with unwanted replay

Who would have thought, barely 48 hours ago, that Antonio Conte would end the weekend with a pair of rather pressing problems? The first of those is a certain Jose Mourinho who, as we learned on Friday night, is hellbent on waging a campaign of media warfare against the Chelsea manager. The second is an unexpected addition to Chelsea’s already congested fixture list, as a dogged Norwich City side held the Premier League champions to a deserved draw at Carrow Road. Having lost just one game in 15, a trip to face a mid-table Championship side seemed unlikely to pose too much of a challenge. But, then again, neither did a Manchester United press conference following a routine FA Cup victory over Derby County. So here we are, with Chelsea needing to find time for an unwanted replay and Conte having to deal with an escalating conflict with the master of footballing feuds. Conte’s side never found their groove here, and rarely troubled Daniel Farke’s impressive Norwich outfit, who will perhaps consider themselves unfortunate not to have turned their first-half dominance into a memorable victory. Against a desperately poor Chelsea team, Norwich were the more energetic, creative and exciting side, and frankly, deserved more than this stalemate.  With Chelsea set to face Arsenal on Wednesday in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final, Conte made nine changes to the side that had featured in that thrilling 2-2 draw at the Emirates in midweek. The rotation meant that David Luiz was selected for only the second time since October, while backup goalkeeper Willy Caballero and the Brazilian Kenedy made just their fourth appearances of the season. There was also space for Michy Batshuayi, who has largely failed to impress his manager in a turbulent first half to the season but boasts an impressive record against lower league opposition. In four matches against sides below the Premier League before this trip to Carrow Road, the Belgian had scored seven goals and created two others. Norwich City's English midfielder Alex Pritchard gets a shot away around Chelsea's English defender Gary Cahill  Credit: AFP The wholesale changes appeared to take their toll in the first half as Conte’s unimaginative side struggled for fluidity and coherence in possession. Norwich, meanwhile, looked threatening through electric winger Josh Murphy, their top scorer this season, and the highly-rated attacking midfielder James Maddison. It would, though, be an exaggeration to say that Daniel Farke’s side looked particularly close to breaching that Chelsea defence in what was a tentative start to proceedings. Maddison had the first glimpse of goal but was blocked by a mass of Chelsea legs, while Murphy curled well over after another of those jinking runs down the Norwich left. In truth, the home side’s best opportunity in the first half appeared to be to give the ball to Luiz in the hope that he might implode. It certainly looked a viable plan after 25 minutes, when Luiz was unnecessarily caught in possession twice in the space of a few seconds. The first occasion was in his own penalty area, and nearly allowed Norwich forward Alex Pritchard the easiest of openers. The second, just a moment later, gave Pritchard an opportunity to bustle his way towards goal, where his shot was blocked as the overlapping Murphy screamed for a pass. A difficult return to the side for Luiz, who has been overtaken by Andreas Christensen in the defensive pecking order this season, was then made worse by a yellow card he was awarded for a late challenge on the turning Maddison. David Luiz had a few bad moments in the first half Credit: Reuters With his speed and weaving runs, Murphy was the game’s stand-out attacking player, and Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger could have been forgiven for needing a brief lie-down at the break. One particularly explosive burst sent the Norwich winger clear in the penalty box as his side continued to dominate, but his final ball was neither shot nor cross. Murphy’s twinkling feet contrasted sharply with the stodginess of Willian, Pedro and Batshuayi in the Chelsea attack, where the absence of Alvaro Morata, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas was clearly having a telling impact. As the game wore on, Norwich grew in confidence. Suddenly, they very much did look like scoring, as Maddison curled over from range and a threatening cross from Pritchard forced Chelsea’s Davide Zappacosta into a crucial clearance. Arsenal vs Chelsea – player ratings Thankfully for Chelsea, Willian was a man reborn after the break, dipping between challenges and firing shots on goal. Danny Drinkwater and Pedro also had attempts from range, while Norwich were for a time too preoccupied with defending to overly worry about the other end. But they were able to regroup, just at the point it looked like the game may be slipping away from them. Pritchard and Murphy went close again, while Timm Klose headed wide. At this stage, though, both sides became frightened of over-committing, and a draw ultimately proved inevitable, even if Zappacosta nearly won it at the death with a strike from range. 7:25PM FT: Norwich 0 Chelsea 0  Ed and Delia will be counting the pound signs and zeroes as a money-spinning replay at the Bridge awaits. The rest of us are left to contemplate what a terrible cup tie that was. Not much atmosphere, few chances, no controversy.  We've seen some great games of late, but this one will be forgotten by Monday. 7:23PM 92 minutes One final chance for Chelsea, they have a corner. Willian whips it in and Norwich head clear. Comes for Zappacosta in the left-back area, who chests it down and fires a volley just wide of the post. Fine effort. Zappacosta has a talent for long-range strikes. 7:21PM 90 minutes Hearts in mouth for the briefest moment among Norwich fans, a cross from Chelsea's left-flank just evaded Morata and bounced across the penalty area. Three minutes added time. 7:18PM 87 minutes Dujon Sterling, Youth Cup winner, coming on in place of Pedro for his second senior Chelsea appearance.  7:16PM 85 minutes Yellow card for Tettey for taking out Pedro and stopping a potential Chelsea break. Surge from left-back Jamal Lewis but Rudiger matches him stride for stride and eased him out.  7:14PM 83 minutes Jacob Murphy off for Norwich, replaces by their first-choice striker Nelson Oliveira. Norwich have struggled for a proper No.9 for years, and they are happy with him by all accounts.  7:12PM 81 minutes Clean strike by Drinkwater from distance, but well taken by Gunn. He has obvious attachments with Norwich, but some big Premier League clubs might take a look at him if they're after a keeper.  7:10PM 79 minutes Lively piece of trickery by Murphy down the right flank, but he should have waited for one of his teammates. Instead he blazed a shot over from a ridiculous position.  7:08PM 77 minutes Musonda on for Kenedy, another of Chelsea's highly-rated young stars.  7:07PM 75 minutes Morata stitches play together straight away, that's what Chelsea were missing. A first-time wall pass to Willian who releases Pedro. Chelsea win a free-kick just outside the penalty area, left corner.  Good attempt by Luiz, but it dips over the bar and brushes the roof of the net as it goes over.   7:04PM 73 minutes Murphy gets the chance to run at Chelsea on the break, but Zappacosta was there on the cover. Such a lack of quality in the final third at both ends. And Batshuayi is indeed taken off, and Morata comes on. Some Chelsea fans decided the Belgian was not worth any applause.  7:02PM 71 minutes Batshuayi could be be getting the hook soon, Morata is stripped and ready to go.  7:00PM 69 minutes Caballero made a mess of the free-kick. Tried to catch it under no pressure, but dropped it in the penalty area. Murphy had a clear sight of goal but his shot deflected wide. Good spell for the home side.  6:59PM 68 minutes The camera panned to the away end where a couple of Chelsea fans are arguing among themselves. Two bald men fighting over a comb, you might say.  Willian pulled up for a shoulder barge, perhaps harshly. Still in the balance this tie and Norwich have a wide free-kick. 6:56PM 66 minutes Chelsea play some keep-ball for a few minutes but Norwich have them comfortably at arm's length. Morata is warming up but no sign of his introduction.  6:54PM 63 minutes Pritchard has been very impressive today, again he shows good agility to turn and twist on a sixpence. Fashions a few yards for a shot that is deflected over.  Back-post corner is met by Klose, but he heads wide under pressure from Rudiger.  6:52PM 61 minutes Lovely feet by Pritchard again, who draws a reckless challenge from Gary Cahill. No complaints from the Chelsea man, but the set-piece comes to nothing. Now Drinkwater fouls Murphy and Norwich have another chance to put the ball in Chelsea's box. Their delivery has been poor thus far.  6:50PM 59 minutes The home fans are suddenly involved. A long clearance has Maddison chasing and Caballero coming a long way from his line. The keeper did well but it has altered the flow of this second period.  6:48PM 57 minutes A terrible giveaway from Trybull, a loose square pass in front of his defence is bounced on by Pedro. Trybull gets back to his credit, but is beaten on the dribble by Willian who shoots straight at Gunn. Chelsea slowly improving.  6:46PM 55 minutes Remember that clip of a gameshow that did the rounds on Twitter? The one where contestants struggle to climb up some icy steps. That's what watching both teams attack has been like.  That's more like it by Willian, letting fly from 20 or so yards but Gun got down well to tip around the post.  6:43PM 52 minutes Norwich would benefit from the financial rewards of a replay at Stamford Bridge, but the players will not be thinking like that. They will realise there's a game to be won here.  Better from Willian who skips down the right and picks out Drinkwater with a cut-back but he skews his first-time shot wide.  6:41PM 50 minutes Not exactly a good advert for the FA Cup this. A good advert for happy hours in town? Maybe. A cure for insomnia? Possibly. But a good advert for the FA Cup? Certainly not.  6:38PM 47 minutes Chelsea have settled into a long spell of pressure. No Fabregas or Kante in the squad today, so Bakayoko and Drinkwater is likely to stay as their midfield pairing.  CHANCE! Chelsea's best moment. Zappacosta almost got around the back and almost on the end of Kenedy's cross but Zimmermann got there first.  6:36PM Second-half under way Right, surely this match will improve? Chelsea kick-off, hopefully with a better attitude if you're a Blues fan.  6:34PM Chelsea out already   6:33PM Ed Balls points out a rare shot on goal Credit: PA 6:17PM Half-time: 0-0 Well, it happened. Norwich have done everything you ask of a Championship team against Premier League opposition, except fashion that moment of real quality. You sense the potential is there with Maddison and Murphy, however.  For Chelsea, they need to give themselves a slap around the face at half-time. Too many passes not finding a Chelsea shirt, and those that have to been played with enough pace and intent.  6:13PM 42 minute Really bright from Norwich, Pritchard spins away from Gary Cahill on the right of the penalty area and whips a ball across the box. Rudiger there to clear and make sure Lewis didn't sneak in at the back post. 6:11PM 40 minutes Difficult to remember a Chelsea team conceding possession as frequently in one half, they have been awful.  Murphy sucks in Luiz with a lovely flick around the corner, and wins a foul. Yellow card for Luiz who did jump in rashly.  6:08PM 37 minutes Trademark Gary Cahill. Needlessly getting too tight and steaming through the back of a forward. Gives away a free-kick on the halfway line. He can be so clumsy at his worst.  6:06PM 35 minutes Norwich produce the first clear chance of the game. Murphy gets away in the left channel and finds himself one on one with Rudiger, who lets him get a shot away. He dragged it across Caballero and the moment passed.  Farke's side could do with a goal here while Chelsea are sleeping. 6:04PM Michy Batshuayi in mid-air 6:03PM 32 minutes Chelsea have no cohesion to their play. Pedro belts a cross straight out for a goal kick and that is symptomatic of their first-half efforts.  Kenedy half-hearted shot deflects wide and then he overhits the corner and it goes all the way through for a goal kick. Conte will tear a strip off them at the break if they keep this up.  5:59PM 28 minutes Murphy again the player getting Norwich moving, but this time he blazed a shot well over from distance when he had passing options along side him.  5:58PM 26 minutes Chelsea need to wake up here and sharpish. Another nice piece of play by Murphy down the left, driving Rudiger back into the penalty area but it fizzled out. Norwich fans would have signed up for this opening 26 minutes 5:55PM 24 minutes The best attack of the game so far, and it came from Norwich. Pritchard drove through the heart of Chelsea, ignoring the run of Murphy to cut inside on his left foot but his shot was blocked. It all started with another Luiz mis-control.  5:54PM 23 minutes Nobody is holding the ball for Chelsea, lots of first-time flicks and backheels to nobody. Batshuayi is a decent enough poacher but his link-up play leaves plenty to be desired.  David Luiz almost caught out after dwelling on the ball in his own defensive third, but he survives. 5:52PM 20 minutes Willian pulled back, he looks Chelsea's most vibrant player thus far. Referee keeps his cards in his pocket once again. Chelsea make a mess of the free-kick, playing back to Rudiger who overhits a through ball to Gunn. Dire stuff so far.  5:50PM 18 minutes Willian was fouled as he threatened to counter straight onto Norwich's backline. Gets the foul, but not the yellow card he was asking for. Cue offended commentators.  Never understood why swearing in a referee's face asking for a player to be booked is fine, but waving an imaginary card is beyond the pale.  5:48PM 17 minutes Promising moment from Norwich as Josh Murphy dribbles down the left flank but he can't wrap his left foot around the cross and Caballero claims.   5:46PM 15 minutes Alvaro Morata sat on the bench. Normally, Chelsea fans would hope there is no need to see him in this sort of tie but I wonder if a couple of goals might help his confidence - no matter the opposition.  5:44PM 13 minutes Chelsea with 55% of possession so far. David Luiz's sweeping pass just set Pedro away in the left channel but Norwich recovered. Hanley comes up with a brilliant diagonal to find Pritchard but Chelsea snuff him out.  5:42PM 11 minutes Game back under way after that stoppage. Former Chelsea man Diego Costa scored and was sent off and scored today on his second Atletico Madrid league debut today.  5:39PM 8 minutes 'I feel a bit sorry for Mark Hughes', says Steve McManaman. On your own there Steve.   Pinto down after Kenedy caught him in an aerial challenge.  5:37PM 6 minutes Rudiger, Luiz, Cahill; Drinkwater, Bakayoko. That's a very experienced and sturdy Chelsea back five and not one likely to produce an upset. Conte's side have not attacked with any menace as yet though.  5:35PM 4 minutes 'You're only here for the Chelsea' sing the travelling fans to Norwich. They're not.  Driving run from Maddison results in a blocked shot, and this is fairly promising from Norwich. Keeping the ball quite easily and looking mobile up front.  5:32PM 2 minutes Norwich setting up with a back three as expected. No Hazard for Chelsea so perhaps they are backing themselves to get close to Chelsea and upset their rhythm.  The home side enjoying some harmless early possession which should settle them down.  5:31PM We're off Norwich kick-off. Chelsea playing in their dark away kit today.  5:24PM Kick-off five minutes away Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City are in the hat for the fourth round. Will last year's losing finalists Chelsea join them? 5:22PM Willy Caballero starts in goal for Chelsea Credit: Reuters 5:21PM Read Antonio Conte's extraordinary pre-match comments Antonio Conte accuses Jose Mourinho of losing his mind.  5:15PM Norwich switch to a back-three Skipper Russell Martin is injured and doing some media work today. He says Norwich have not employed the back-three they are using today for a 'long time', though they did work on it during pre-season.  Matching up Chelsea is an interesting ploy from Daniel Farke. It simplifies the game in many ways, but you tend to think the side with more individual talent will win out.  5:11PM We've found a man less popular than Ed Balls 5:07PM Jake Humphrey on home soil Ed Balls is now Norwich chairman. That might turn the neutrals off... 5:02PM Bakayoko gets another chance Summer signing Tiemoue Bakayoko has left Chelsea fans a little underwhelmed this season. I think it's worth remembering he arrived with an ongoing knee injury, and that he's only 23 and adjusting to life in a new league.  His performances for Monaco in the Champions League last season showed he has plenty in the locker both technically and physically. Where he needs to brush up is his off-the-ball work, which can be a little slack. Mesut Ozil ran off his shoulder constantly at the Emirates, but he won't be up against a player of that calibre today.  4:45PM Ethan Ampadu in the Chelsea squad Credit: PA 4:36PM Changes aplenty but Chelsea strong David Luiz knows his place in the pecking order, now. He replaces Andreas Christensen in the heart of Chelsea's back three as Antonio Conte makes nine changes from the 2-2 draw at Arsenal.  That level of rotation seems thoroughly sensible after an intense Christmas period, and the XI should still be strong enough to see off Norwich. Kenedy is the only youngster in the side - the rest are experienced pros and squad players short of starts.  4:33PM Chelsea team and subs - David Luiz starts! Today's team! Nine changes, including the return from injury of @DavidLuiz_4! #NORCHEpic.twitter.com/4VVfrbftbI— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) January 6, 2018   4:29PM Norwich team and subs XI �� #ncfc#cfc Subs �� McGovern (GK), Husband, Vrancic, Oliveira, Watkins, Hoolahan, Wildschut. Blog �� https://t.co/BLcihtua1jpic.twitter.com/qNJYDvracL— Norwich City FC (@NorwichCityFC) January 6, 2018 4:26PM Here's that Zola goal   4:26PM Can Conte end his cup curse? Good evening, do hope you're enjoying FA Cup third-round weekend which continues with Chelsea's trip to Norwich City.  As soon as this tie came out of the hat in December, my mind jumped to that magnificent volleyed flick Gianfranco Zola scored against Norwich for Chelsea in this competition in 2002. A Chelsea fan barged his way onto the pitch in an attempt to kiss his right boot, if memory serves. In his defence, it was some goal.  Bizarrely, Antonio Conte has never won a cup competition during his garlanded managerial career. The Italian sporting press spoke of la maledizione della Coppa Italia - the curse of the Coppa Italia - after his dominant Juventus team kept failing to win the competition. Conte and Chelsea of course, lost to Arsenal in last season's FA Cup final after wrapping up the league.  The league title is as good as gone, so Chelsea can divert their energies to the three cup competitions they remain in. They have already moved in the January window, securing the £15 million purchase of Ross Barkley. He has not featured this season so will need a few weeks' training to get up to speed.  Conte made the headlines for implying Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho suffers from senile dementia, and Mourinho hit back by bringing up a historic match-fixing investigation. The Chelsea manager will likely be quizzed on the pair's exchange at some point this evening.  Daniel Farke's Norwich have been plagued by inconsistency in the Championship, but impressed in the Carabao Cup when they were minutes away from knocking out Arsenal at the Emirates. They have plenty of talent on their books, including Josh Murphy and James Maddison, and Carrow Road will be packed for what was a Premier League fixture only a few seasons ago. 

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Jose Mourinho opened a new front in his extraordinary dispute with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday night by making a reference to the match-fixing scandal the Italian was involved but acquitted in during his time in charge of the then Serie B club Siena eight years ago. The Manchester United manager made the reference at the end of a remarkable day in which Conte had earlier accused him of losing his mind, using the Italian phrase “demenza senile” – literally senile dementia - for Mourinho’s comments about other managers’ behaviour on the touchline. Mourinho opened his post-match press conference after the 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup third round by saying that Conte had been misled over the nature of his comments. He claimed that he had never been referring to Conte when he spoke about “clowns” on the touchline and that the media had created the connection independent of him. “The question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he [Conte] had that out of control reaction,” Mourinho said. “But I don’t blame him at all. I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said  he behaved like a clown.” Then after a long explanation about “mistakes” he had made celebrating wildly in the past, Mourinho made a reference, apropos of nothing, to match-fixing. “The only way I want to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline and yes I will make less but I’ll still make a few. What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and it will never happen.” Mourinho (L) and Conte do not see eye to eye Credit: AFP Minutes later, Mourinho was asked directly whether his point about match-fixing related directly to Conte. In 2010 Conte was suspended by the Italian football association (FIGC) for ten months for failing to report match-fixing in two Siena games. In 2012 the ban was reduced to four months on appeal. In May 2016 a judge cleared Conte, by then Italy manager, of any wrongdoing and he took over at Chelsea in the following July.   When Mourinho was asked directly if he wished to clarify whether he was referring to Conte, he first replied “Sorry?” When it was then put to him that at one point Conte was charged with failing to report match-fixing and did he wish to clarify his answer a second time, the Portuguese coach said “Did he [Conte]? Not me.”  

Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte and says: 'I will never be suspended for match fixing'

Jose Mourinho opened a new front in his extraordinary dispute with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte on Friday night by making a reference to the match-fixing scandal the Italian was involved but acquitted in during his time in charge of the then Serie B club Siena eight years ago. The Manchester United manager made the reference at the end of a remarkable day in which Conte had earlier accused him of losing his mind, using the Italian phrase “demenza senile” – literally senile dementia - for Mourinho’s comments about other managers’ behaviour on the touchline. Mourinho opened his post-match press conference after the 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup third round by saying that Conte had been misled over the nature of his comments. He claimed that he had never been referring to Conte when he spoke about “clowns” on the touchline and that the media had created the connection independent of him. “The question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he [Conte] had that out of control reaction,” Mourinho said. “But I don’t blame him at all. I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said  he behaved like a clown.” Then after a long explanation about “mistakes” he had made celebrating wildly in the past, Mourinho made a reference, apropos of nothing, to match-fixing. “The only way I want to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline and yes I will make less but I’ll still make a few. What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and it will never happen.” Mourinho (L) and Conte do not see eye to eye Credit: AFP Minutes later, Mourinho was asked directly whether his point about match-fixing related directly to Conte. In 2010 Conte was suspended by the Italian football association (FIGC) for ten months for failing to report match-fixing in two Siena games. In 2012 the ban was reduced to four months on appeal. In May 2016 a judge cleared Conte, by then Italy manager, of any wrongdoing and he took over at Chelsea in the following July.   When Mourinho was asked directly if he wished to clarify whether he was referring to Conte, he first replied “Sorry?” When it was then put to him that at one point Conte was charged with failing to report match-fixing and did he wish to clarify his answer a second time, the Portuguese coach said “Did he [Conte]? Not me.”  

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