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Blues held by Championship side Norwich in disappointing performance as Conte's men are forced into third round replay

Too bad that after all the fighting talk from their manager in the build-up, Chelsea’s second string rocked up in Norfolk without anything like the same appetite for a scrap.

They were weak, lacking in edge, spite and purpose — just about the opposite of Antonio Conte in his controversial performance on Friday, when he didn’t just light the touchpaper on a feud with Jose Mourinho but rammed it into his mouth as well.

While the finer points of Conte’s rant crossed a line in taste, there can be no doubting his side needed some of the fire of his wider message here. It was a mess of a performance, from a flat first half that bordered on the inept to the second, when time and again they were limited to half-chances by the 13th-ranked side in the Championship.

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