Chelsea had to depend on penalty shootout to move to the English FA Cup fourth round against a resilient Norwich side and Chelsea gaffer, Antonio Conte has explained why he was annoyed with striker, Alvaro Morata.
Morata after he received a second yellow card
Antonio Conte admits he is ‘not happy’ with Alvaro Morata’s reaction which led to the striker’s red card in Chelsea’s FA Cup win over Norwich City.
Morata came on for Michy Batshuayi in the 81st minute with Chelsea 1-0 up – but Jamal Lewis’s late header took the third-round clash into extra-time.
Pedro, who received a yellow card for diving earlier in the match, was sent off for another foul, before Morata suffered a similiar fate.
The former Real Madrid star was contentiously booked for simulation but his decision to angrily confront the referee led to a second yellow.
In Morata and Pedro’s absence, Chelsea scored all five penalties to progress to the next round of the FA Cup.
Asked whether he is angry at Morata and Pedro over their part in the dismissals, Conte said: ‘For sure I think I am not happy for the second yellow card to Morata.
‘The first was doubtful, but the second was for dissent. You must pay great attention because in this moment in the game you have to stay calm.’
‘I don’t want an advantage,’ Conte added when asked about diving. ‘If there was a dive then it is right to give a yellow card, I don’t want the advantage, especially if there is this system. If it was not a penalty it was right to give a yellow card.’
VAR came under the spotlight during the game, with Willian also booked for diving despite being caught in the area. Video official Mike Jones adjudged that a clear and obvious error was not made.
But Alan Shearer called the incident a ‘shambles’ and Conte insisted the system needs to improve to make VAR a success.
‘I think that we need to improve if we want to use the new system,’ he added. ‘Today in this game there is a situation very clear, with Willian, at the start of extra-time.
‘I think the situation was very clear and I watched and this is a penalty. Very clear. If we want to improve, you have to wait to check with the person that is watching the game.’