Morata backed to overcome disciplinary concerns at Chelsea


Chelsea scraped their way from the spot in a match that had nearly everything as the Blues advanced to the fourth-round of the FA Cup against Norwich City.

Chelsea eventually prevailed on penalties after being reduced to nine men in extra-time, but thinks the decision to book Willian for diving early in the additional period was wrong and that the video official should have intervened.

"For sure, I'm not happy for the second yellow card for Morata".

'If the person checking the situation calls you and says it's a penalty, you say you made a mistake, take back the yellow card and give the penalty'.

"I don't want an advantage, especially if you know this system [VAR] is being used".

"I didn't watch the scenes back and I don't want to judge it at all".

They were finally rewarded in added time through Jamal Lewis' looping header following Timm Klose's delivery to sent the game into extra-time. Since then a referees' association has confirmed that video technology should have overturned the yellow card he received and maybe even awarded a penalty.

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Chelsea won 5-3 in a shootout, and will now face Newcastle United in the fourth round.

"We all think that's an obvious penalty here, and he's booked him for diving?" In this case, the Willian penalty was a big, big mistake.

The dives and the red cards would continue, with Alvaro Morata booked by Scott for simulation at the death, before the Spaniard's mouth got him sent off moments thereafter.

We did have to suffer through an horrendous 210 minutes of football over the course of two games as well as two halves of extra-time against Norwich to get to this point. I watched it in the changing room and I think it was very clear. Very clear. If we want to improve, you have to wait to check with the person that is watching the game'.

On BBC One, Alan Shearer called Willian's yellow card a "shocking decision" and the failure of the video assistant to correct it a "shambles".

Conte berated the match officials as the teams prepared for the shootout, when the hosts converted all their kicks but Nelson Oliveira's miss for Norwich proved costly. "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".

The Belgian midfielder has lasted the full 90 minutes just once in his last eight games with Conte preferring to haul him off before the final whistle.