Chelsea held by second-tier Norwich

Mourinho hits back at Conte

On the touchline, Alvaro Morata was swiftly summoned from his stretching and told to ready himself to come on.

Manager Antonio Conte has had to deny suggestions the player's extended absence has been down to a personality clash, while the Brazilian has been linked with a January exit.

The Championship outfit held the Premier League champions to a stalemate at Carrow Road, earning a replay at Stamford Bridge for a second chance to make it into the fourth round of the competition. But there are broader issues his arrival alone will not fix.

Norwich have struggled at times this year in the Championship, two years since being relegated from the Premier League and the Canaries do not look like they will manage to bounce back this year so a third year in the second tier looks likely. The 2017-18 campaign has yielded 41 goals in 22 games, the worst tally in the top five. By this time last season it had happened only twice, against Arsenal and Tottenham.

Nor is this simply a striker problem. Conte is on record this season saying that he does not have the required strengh in depth to compete in Europe and in the Premier League.

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Eden Hazard, forced to shoulder an unreasonable burden since returning from a broken ankle in September, has a relatively modest return of six goals in 18 Premier League appearances - as many as Marcos Alonso.

But, having made nine changes for the match, he did praise his players and Norwich.

That ultimately proved to be Chelsea's last chance of the game. Our target was to win the game and to try to avoid to repeat the game. This is a Chelsea squad that has question marks over it's strength in depth.

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.

January is a notoriously hard time to make good signings, particularly at the price paid for Barkley.

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