Norwich City v Chelsea

Kenedy also featured, as did the returning David Luiz, in a much-changed line-up.

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

Chelsea face a replay after a goalless encounter at Carrow Road, where Batshuayi again failed to make an impact in front of goal.

He was not at all fazed facing the likes of Brazilian defender David Luiz and England worldwide Gary Cahill. When you play in this trophy you know it is very hard, but today the commitment of my players was very good.

Eden Hazard is a doubt because of a calf injury sustained against Arsenal. "My idea is to continue like the past and make rotations". "We want to try to get to the next round".

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While Antonio Conte did make a lot of changes, he still fielded a very strong side which included nine global players and saw the return of David Luiz after his seven-week sabbatical after condemning his manager's tactics earlier in the season.

Asked if the Spain striker has been an effective replacement for Diego Costa, who has now joined Atletico Madrid, Conte added: "The stats are that Morata scored 12 goals this season, seven assists".

Both teams will meet in a replay at Stamford Bridge to decide who goes through into the fourth round.

Antonio Conte used Saturday's clash as a chance to give some of his squad players more game time, but it backfired as they struggled to create openings and will need a replay if they are to progress. It is his first season playing with regularity and I am very happy. It's been the most uninspiring first-half display in a while, perhaps some youthful exuberance to shake things up in the second half?

  • Lawrence Cooper