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'We were close to a big sensation' - Daniel Farke hails his FA Cup battlers after Chelsea draw

PUBLISHED: 00:56 07 January 2018 | UPDATED: 00:56 07 January 2018

Daniel Farke enjoyed his tussle with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Daniel Farke enjoyed his tussle with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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Daniel Farke felt Norwich City deserved to cause an FA Cup upset in a 0-0 third round draw against the Premier League champions.

Farke switched to three at the back to counter Antonio Conte’s visitors, and the two sides fought out an evenly-matched affair on Saturday evening at Carrrow Road.

Neither keeper was really tested as City forced a Stamford Bridge replay later this month.

“It was obvious that we were pretty close to a win,” said Farke. “The first half was absolutely brilliant. We dominated. They didn’t even have one shot on our goal and we had chances to score.

“Chelsea had more chances in the second half and some corners.

“Perhaps they had some advantages but we still had our chances. A draw is a totally fair result. We are a bit disappointed because it is not that often you are so close to beating a giant like Chelsea in the FA Cup.

“I felt we deserved to be really celebrating. Right now we have a replay at Chelsea. For our fans and our club a really good moment. But the additional load for the league is not so easy.

“At least I can just praise the lads and nothing but compliments.

“When you face an opponent who has obviously higher individual quality then you need a plan or you don’t stand a chance. We had the right attitude and we mirrored them to try and put their strengths away, to close the spaces and work on our topics when we are in possession.

“The guys had a plan and were able to fulfil it on the pitch. We were so close to a big sensation. Everything worked but a bit sad not to have this lucky punch for a determining goal.”

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