Adkins takes positives from heavy FA Cup defeat to Chelsea

Defeat to Chelsea could be a turning point for Barcelona warns Pique

Defeat to Chelsea could be a turning point for Barcelona warns Pique

Alvaro Morata is another the 48-year-old Conte may previously have considered a likely starter for the last-16 first-leg visit of Barca and, asked about his team's performance, he said: "I'm very happy". But a dire night for Nigel Adkins men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meylers penalty.

Willian's smart brace sealed the Blues passage into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, with Olivier Giroud bagging his first Chelsea goal and Pedro also on target before the half-time whistle.

Marcos Alonso is expected to be fit for Chelsea's Champions League clash with Barcelona on Tuesday.

The win means the Blues have recorded back-to-back wins following a poor run of form which saw Conte's side suffer defeats to both Bournemouth and Watford.

"In the Champions League we know it's going to be a hard game but we are Chelsea, we know we can win the game".

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Hull City win gave Conte significant boost ahead of Chelsea's big Champions League tie and the manager had his team selection conundrum sorted as he asserted that Alonso's fitness have allowed him more freedom in choosing the team. "We need goals from our strikers".

They punished Hull's nerves without mercy, claiming all four goals in a ruthless first-half showing. "Because I think that when we feel this type of challenge to man-mark [a player], Messi can become very risky". Emerson managed to find some space down the left-hand side and pulled a low cross back to Giroud who did what he does best and slid the ball beneath Marshall to ensure Chelsea's safe passage into the next round.

"For sure, to play against Barcelona is a great challenge for us", he added. We must take the right time to make the best decision to pick the best XI to start that game'.

With it being a case of job done before the break, Conte's side started the second period slowly and conceded a penalty when Fabregas tripped Harry Wilson in the box.

Willian nearly wrapped up a first career hat-trick late on, but he hit the post from 20 yards.

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