Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Conte backs Morata to overcome disciplinary concerns

Conte backs Morata to overcome disciplinary concerns

The reigning Premier League champions face Norwich City in an FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday - their 14th game since the start of December.

But Jamal Lewis headed home Timm Klose's cross in injury time to force an extra 30 minutes. When asked whether he thought Morata and Pedro dived, Conte added: "I don't know".

With Batshuayi struggling for most of the game and the Brazilian eager to push for a place in Chelsea's first team, Willian spent too much time trying to beat Norwich on his own. There was frustration for the first yellow card, because the player didn't deserve it.

"The referee quickly took a decision to book Willian". I didn't watch the scenes back, and don't want to judge it at all.

However, VAR became a huge talking point as the referee arguably made a mistake over a penalty decision despite having the tools at his disposal. "It's unusual for a player who is only 17 but that shows age is not important if I give you the chance to play and you repay me with a great performance".

"With Willian, the referee heard what the other referee watched and chose to continue to play".

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"Not from the referee on the pitch, but from the person watching the game".

Eventually, the Premier League side did secure a fourth-round tie against Newcastle after scoring all five of their penalties in the shoot-out and Caballero saving from Nelson Oliveira, but much of the post-match discussion is likely to be about the use of VAR rather than Chelsea's victory. "I hope the VAR wasn't a referee because if you see that watching on television and don't think that's a penalty".

Antonio Conte is working overtime at home to cope with Chelsea's busy schedule, which he does not feel is justified by the riches on offer in English football.

Rather than complain about the on-field referee making a bad decision, Conte criticised the video official for not reviewing the footage properly, which is what the system is there for.

"If you are able to use this new system in the right way, that can happen". In that case, it's nearly to be expected Morata would argue to the point of a second yellow to defend his honor.

Speaking ahead of Saturday's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion, Conte told reporters: "I must be honest, I watched the three situations against Norwich and I think Willian's situation was very clear - it was a big mistake. I don't want to judge it". He's showing that in every game I make this decision, like against Everton and Bournemouth.

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