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In Focus: Chelsea

17 January 2018

Norwich City visit Premier League champions Chelsea on Wednesday, January 17 (7:45pm) in an Emirates FA Cup third round replay.

With the Blues coming into the game off the back of a 0-0 draw with ten-man Leicester, we take an in-depth look at the West London side.

The Manager
Antonio Conte took charge of Chelsea in April 2016, and boasts an impressive resume in both club and international football.

He spent three years at the helm of Juventus, winning the Serie A title - and the Serie A coach of the season - in each of his of his three seasons there.

From there he moved on to the Italian national job, securing Euro 2012 qualification before losing out in the quarter-finals to Germany.

The Italian signed a three-year deal to replace Guus Hiddink at Chelsea in 2016, going on to clinch the Premier League title at the first attempt.

Last Time Out
Saturday saw something of a tired performance from Wednesday’s opponents, as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home by ten-man Leicester.

Leicester had the best of the chances before Ben Chilwell’s red card took the wind out of their sails.

Chelsea failed to score for the third game running, with summer signing Alvaro Morata enduring a rare period of struggle in front of goal.

It was a fatigued display from the London side, who were playing their seventh game in 21 days.

Previous Meeting
The first meeting between the sides ended in a 0-0 stalemate at Carrow Road, as a spirited Norwich display held the Premier League champions.

Chelsea named a strong side including the likes of Willian, Pedro and David Luiz, but it was arguably City who had the better chances with Josh Murphy threatening.

Daniel Farke’s decision to switch to a three-man central defence paid dividends, with the visitors opportunities limited to largely speculative efforts.

The result means the Canaries are still in with a chance of reaching the fourth round, with the tie's winner set to face face Newcastle United.

Squad List
Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois, Eduardo, Willy Caballero.

Defenders: Marcos Alonso, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, David Luiz, Victor Moses, Baba Rahman, Antonio Rudiger, Davide Zappacosta.

Midfielders: Ethan Ampadu, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Ross Barkley, Danny Drinkwater, Cesc Fabregas, Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Kenedy, Charly Musonda Jr, Pedro, Kyle Scott, Willian.

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi, Alvaro Morata.

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