Chelsea held by second-tier Norwich

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Alex Pritchard of Norwich and Gary Cahill of Chelsea in action during the FA Cup match at Carrow Road, Norwich.

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

"It's a bit frustrating". We had difficulty offensively, we were poor. When you play away in this competition it's not easy. "I must be pleased with the commitment for my players". We tried to win the game but we must accept the final result.

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

"We have to play another game - the schedule is busy".

The story also said that David Luiz should be available for the weekend's game against Norwich City, which was later confirmed by Antonio Conte in a press conference on Friday afternoon. For us it's not simple to add another game in the schedule. Conte is still able to field a top class side despite making plenty of changes and I think they'll be too strong for Norwich.

Norwich responded with their own attack and nearly took the lead from a 70th minute free-kick which was punched away by Caballero with Murphy's followup volley hitting a Blues player.

Bad days happen (in fact, we were just talking about Chelsea's 1-1 draw with Southend at the Bridge back in 2008-09 in this same round), and at least we didn't lose - Norwich were not almost good enough for that. They defended very well, showed they were well organised.

While Willian tried to make something happen for Chelsea, he could not find a way past Norwich's defence, with Zimmermann particularly impressive in the back three. It took until the 50th minute before the game's first shot on target - a weak effort from Michy Batshuayi, which was comfortably gathered by Angus Gunn.



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