Chelsea star expected to return for Barcelona game

Chelsea

Chelsea

Just four days before facing Barcelona in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie, Conte named a much-changed side with Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard not even included in the Italian's squad.

Regarding Mason, Conte said: "We are very sad for this bad news". "He is fit, but I don't think Bakayoko [will be]. Alonso is ready to play".

Chelsea have dominated games between the two sides, having won 8 of the last 10 meetings between them.

- Hull have recorded 4 clean sheets in their last 7 games. But now, we must be confident.

"We started the game with great concentration and determination".

"We need to face the games against Barca, [Manchester] United, [Manchester] City and Crystal Palace in the right way".

Willian has revealed how he psyched out David Meyler with a cheeky comment just before the midfielder missed a penalty as Chelsea overwhelmed Hull 4-0 in the FA Cup.

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However, he showed why the runaway Premier League leaders were interested with the teasing cross for Jamie Vardy to head home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United. He's an worldwide player, an important player. It's what we needed. "I hope this continues".

Willian's goal after 106 seconds not only gave Hull City a huge task to overcome against Chelsea, but also ensured the Tigers became the latest away team to concede a goal at Stamford Bridge in the FA Cup. Today he played very well.

"I'm very happy because before the game against Barcelona, I go to my house with many doubts in my mind about what is the best starting XI for the game". But it's right to be so.

Conte added that he is relishing the tie against Barcelona.

"It was great for us". We were in at full-time asking how he is, for me especially when I was that age, I've never seen anything like that. We are capable of going all the way and let's see how the team turns up against Barcelona. You have to try and accept also these bad situations. We must be confident to prepare for it in the right way.

"We came with a gameplan that went out of the window within two minutes". We gifted them the opportunities to score goals in the first half and you saw how good their players are when you're up close and personal. But, wow, they've got some good players and counter-attack so quickly.

A ideal night for Chelsea was rounded off by Giroud bagging his first goal for the club following a deadline day move from Arsenal last month. We had chances, with the penalty. An early goal set the tone for the rest of the first half.

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