"He is fit, but I don't think Bakayoko [will be]. Alonso is ready to play". "In this case, to have two No. 9s in Morata and Giroud.to have two options is very important for us". "It was important to bounce back after some disappointing results". In the second half we tried to manage the game and in England that is very hard.
If the shadow of the Barca game is to have an effect, it would be prompting Chelsea to start fast and put the game to bed early. We want to try to fight for every competition.
Giroud nearly got his first goal for his new club inside the 15th minute with a snapshot inside the box.
Chelsea: Caballero 8, Rudiger 6, Cahill 6, Ampadu 8, Zappacosta 7, Drinkwater 6, Fabregas 7, Emerson 8, Willian 9, Giroud 8, Pedro 8. Pedro put in an excellent cross and a clever chip over the Hull defence found Giroud nearly clear in on goal but the striker couldn't compose himself to finish. "I hope this continues".
"For sure, his performance was impressive", Conte said. Today he played very well. But it's right to be so. "It was great for us", Conte told BT Sport.
There are four more ties on Saturday, when 12-times winners Manchester United visit Huddersfield Town, while another all-top-flight clash sees West Bromwich Albion at home to fellow strugglers Southampton. We have 15 cup games to go'. But, on the other hand, you must be excited. You have to try and accept also these bad situations.
"It won't be easy but we must have enthusiasm and the right confidence and we'll see what happens".
Championship side Hull City have selection problems of their own, with on-loan defensive trio Michael Hector, Ola Aina and Fikayo Tomori all ineligible to play against their parent club.
"We've come with a game-plan - everyone knew our situation - and within a couple of minutes it goes out of the window". Not really given that I'm backing Over 1.5 First Half Goals.
With their backs against the wall, Hull were given an opportunity after they were awarded a penalty when Fabregas brought down Harry Wilson. We would like to take the chance to wish Ryan well in his future endeavours.
Conte made a change at halftime, with 17-year-old forward Callum Hudson-Odoi replacing Pedro, but the second half would start as well for Hull as the first did for Chelsea. We needed to keep good possession of the football.