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Jamal Lewis: I'm relishing the occasion

5 January 2018

Saturday's Emirates FA Cup clash with Chelsea at Carrow Road (5:30pm) represents a dream game to be involved in for young Norwich City defender Jamal Lewis.

The Academy graduate has emerged into the first team picture of late after picking up a long-term injury in pre-season, and made his first home start against Millwall on New Year's Day.

With the third round tie now looming large on the horizon, Lewis is eager to add to his early City appearances against last season's beaten finalists.

"It’s why we play football," he told

"They are the reigning Premier League champions. They have quality throughout their squad.

"It doesn’t matter whether they play their first team or rotate, they will always be strong no matter what. You see them play week-in and week-out and absolutely outplay teams.

"It will be a great game for me to be involved in and hopefully we can come out with a result."

The 19-year-old isn't daunted by the prospect of what lies in store, and instead is relishing the prospect of going toe-to-toe with Antonio Conte's side.

"We’ll want to showcase ourselves in front of our home fans and play some good football," he added.

"The lads played really well against Arsenal [in the Carabao Cup] and it was unfortunate we couldn’t go through. Every game is an opportunity to show what we can do.

"No matter if you’re playing in front of 100 people or 25,000 at Carrow Road on television, you have to treat every game as a final."

Jamal Lewis was speaking to as part of a full interview with this weekend's matchday programme 'OTBC'.

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