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Press Conference

Ivo Pinto: These are the games you want to play in

5 January 2018

Ivo Pinto says he and his Norwich City teammates are relishing the prospect of facing Premier League champions Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup on Saturday (5.30pm).

City go into the match on the back of a victory over Millwall on New Year’s Day and Pinto is hoping the team can give supporters at Carrow Road “a special day”.

“These are the games you want to play in,” he said, speaking to the local press at Friday’s press conference.

“As a captain and as a team player and as a friend, we try to advise each other. Chelsea is the kind of game you want to play, to be at a good level in. It's an important game for the club.

“We want to give a special day for our supporters. Chelsea will be there with everything they have to try and win, so it will be tough.

"Big players want to win all the games. It’s a trophy they can go on if they beat us and they will be there with everything they can to beat us.

“It will be a tough match and a good match for both teams. Both teams will try to win.”

Pinto is well aware of City’s underdog tag but he says the team can take inspiration from their most recent match against top-flight opposition.

City came within minutes of knocking Arsenal out of the Carabao Cup in October.

"We are underdogs until the referee blows his whistle,” he added. “As soon as that happens, we want to do our job and have a good game.

"When we look back to Arsenal, we have an idea that if we do what we should, we have a chance."

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