Bring on Chelsea. Norwich City fancy an FA Cup scalp

Captain Ivo Pinto is trying to lead from the front at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus I

Captain Ivo Pinto is trying to lead from the front at Norwich City. Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Never question the character of a Norwich City side led by Ivo Pinto.

The Portuguese full back has firmly established himself as Daniel Farke's figurehead on the pitch during a season of transition at Carrow Road.

Pinto accepts City's patchy home form has been a source of huge frustration, but the manner of the comebacks against both Sheffield Wednesday and lately Millwall bode well for Chelsea's FA Cup third round visit.

'It was very, very important for the team and the supporters. We needed that,' he said.

'Our results at home have not been as good as last season but we struggle, we fight and if you look at half-time it seemed everything was lost but we found a way to come back.


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'I can tell you at half-time it was not easy, when you go off at the break and you know as a player things are not going as you want them, and some supporters are not happy with the performance and boo.

'That is normal but you have to go inside, prepare yourself to come back out into the stadium and then do what is required.

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'We have to be proud of how we responded. Of course you want to start the game winning but you have to fight and in both the Sheffield Wednesday and Millwall matches we did that.

'I just try to give my best every single game.

'It comes naturally to me. Wearing the armband is a proud moment but I want to keep it normal, be myself and help all the lads on and off the pitch.'

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Pinto knows the odds are against Farke's men in Saturday's televised third round tie at Carrow Road but Pinto is ready for the challenge.

'You might say Chelsea need to have a bad day and we play very well, near our best, but it can happen,' he said.

'We need to stick together for the whole 90 minutes. It is a chance to play one of the best teams in Europe and if we do something special it will never be forgotten.

It is not about individuals for us. If (Alvaro) Morata or (Eden) Hazard don't play they have Pedro and Willian.

It is about the team. You don't play one versus one.

'Facing Hazard is not a good dream but if I do then I will be ready.

'We are underdogs until the referee blows his whistle.

'As soon as that happens, we want to do our job and have a good game. When we look back to the Arsenal game, we have an idea that if we do what we should, we have a chance.'

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