Conte has 'many doubts' about best Chelsea XI to face Barcelona

Steve Sidwell

Within a mere minute and a half of the match starting, Willian took control of the ball on the edge of the Hull box and brilliantly curled it into the corner of the net.

Willian whipped home the opener from 20 yards in just the second minute.

At the end of a successful week there is far less tension around his team and the Italian added: "The last two wins were very important for us and our confidence".

On an easy night for Chelsea, here are four winners and three losers.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has announced that midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is not expected to feature in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona but the Blues will be boosted by the return to action of defender Marco Alonso.

What followed was an exhibition of the Brazilian's skills as the tricks and flicks came out, including an accidental elastico through ball for Fabregas.

"The second half was a different story, although it was game over". This was the flawless way for Chelsea to end the week before starting their preparations for the huge Champions League game against Barcelona. Our start was impressive.

Pedro and Olivier Giroud were also on the scoresheet for the team beaten in last season's final.

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Willian orchestrated yet another move after running from his own half to set-up Pedro who got foiled by Marshall in the 25th minute.

"I was waiting for it", said Giroud.

The Frenchman joined Chelsea for £18 million from Arsenal in January and failed to score in his first couple of appearances against Watford and West Brom in the Premier league.

With Andreas Christensen impressing this season, it was Ethan Ampadu's time to show his defensive capabilities against Hull.

Of course, from that kind of advantage, and in this kind of game when the champions were at home, it was always going to amount to an effective training session; an evening when Chelsea's attackers could really express themselves.

He heaped praises on Willian and Pedro who were on the scoring sheet for Chelsea in the FA Cup triumph. After the emphatic win, Chelsea will be boosted to have Alonso back in the dugout.

A miserable outing got worse for Hull just after the break when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler's penalty, though Chelsea took a relaxed approach to increasing their lead, noticeably easing off after the interval.


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