Conte pleased with confidence boost ahead of Barca clash

Date published: Friday 16th February 2018 10:31

Antonio Conte wasted no time looking forward to Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Barcelona after they beat Hull City 4-0 in the FA Cup on Friday.

Goals from Willian (2), Pedro and a first goal for the club from Olivier Giroud secured their safe passage through to the quarter-finals.

The Blues host Catalan giants Barca on Tuesday in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie and Conte was just relieved to progress in the FA Cup.

“Good game, good performance,” Conte said after the match. “It was great for us. The most important thing is that we are in the next round. Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona.

“You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. Our start was impressive. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. I’m really pleased with the commitment of my players.

“It was a positive night for us because we had the opportunity to rest some important players. At the same time, I saw players in good form. I have different options. Now we have three days to make the best decision for the game against Barcelona.

“We lost two games at the end of a busy period. Now we have the right confidence again. But in the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we must be strong – Barcelona, United and City. We are ready.”

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