Chelsea boss Conte 'disappointed' after Norwich stalemate

Sportsmail looks at the history of the bitter rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte

Sportsmail looks at the history of the bitter rivalry between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte

The late FA Cup kick off will see Championship side Norwich City take on Chelsea at Carrow Road, can the underdogs spring a surprise on the reigning Premier League Champions?

The Blues come in to the game off the back of a thrilling 2-2 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night which means they're unbeaten in their last seven games in all competitions [W5 D2 L0].

Goalkeeper Angus Gunn saved well from Willian in one of the few clear-cut chances either side made, and bringing on Alvaro Morata from a youthful substitutes' bench did not have the desired effect for Conte's side. "The schedule is very busy, we have to play two games in the Carabao Cup against Arsenal, but these are the rules and we have to respect that".

"It's a bit frustrating".

"I believe in my players and for sure we want to go to the next round". We tried to win the game but we must accept the final result. We had difficulty offensively, we were poor.

Mourinho blasted Conte's behaviour during their match at Stamford Bridge in October 2016
Mourinho blasted Conte's behaviour during their match at Stamford Bridge in October 2016

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.

And Chelsea, Premier League champions and FA Cup finalists last season, will now host Daniel Farke's men at Stamford Bridge in 10 days' time. "In the first half we had difficulty to attack but in the second half we created chances to score", he told reporters.

"It was pretty close to a celebrating day, so I praise my lads, but we are a bit sad that we didn't win". We are talking about a young striker who can become one of the best in the world in the future.

"The club is very happy for his commitment, for this player". Maybe it doesn't help us for the league but I'm a big believer in the cup.

Chelsea had a lot of half chances in the match, with David Luiz, Willian and Davide Zappacosta all going close with their long-range efforts.

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