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Bakayoko Out, Alonso Returns Against Barcelona In Champions League Cracker - Conte

21 February, 2018, 09:58 | Author: Lora Ball
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Antonio Conte's men dominated the game throughout and reaped fruits for their impressive display.

Now they switch their focus to a Champions League last-16 tie against La Liga giants Barcelona on Tuesday.

The wing-back has been nursing an ankle problem but has responded well to treatment.

Chelsea's Antonio Conte was encouraged with the way his team rediscovered their swagger ahead of the visit of Barcelona during their 4-0 defeat of Hull.

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It was an easy route to the quarter-finals for Chelsea as they smashed Hull City 4-0 at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea got off to the flawless start as they all but tore up any plans Nigel Adkins might have had for his side, Willian cutting inside to bend a standout finish into the far corner beyond a stranded David Marshall after just two minutes.

Chelsea are expected to progress when they host the Championship outfit Hull. Chelsea are [1.22] to win.

When the away side were awarded a penalty just after half-time, Meyler stepped up to potentially give his team a way back into the game.

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Giroud's first goal for Chelsea, the Frenchman scored quicker for the Blues than for former club Arsenal where it took him six games to get onto the scoresheet, and was taken off to a standing ovation with the game won. "When you score, the confidence grows". "He is fit, but I don't think Bakayoko (will be), said Conte".

"I'm very happy. Before an important game, against Barcelona, I go to my house with many doubts in my mind, [about] which is the best starting XI to start the game". But it's right to be so. "But we played a good game at the end of a busy period".

The 52-year-old was also on the Chelsea touchline in January 2005 when working as a physio for Scunthorpe, who took the lead only to lose the FA Cup clash 3-1. The game was very compact.

And Conte was delighted to have given some of his star players a rest before facing Barcelona and Manchester United in the same week. We must be pleased, especially because, in this way, we are in the next round in this competition. We are capable of going all the way and let's see how the team turns up against Barcelona.

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"We picked up some injuries at the weekend and those players haven't trained yet this week, so it's going to be an interesting challenge".

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