Olivier Giroud fires warning shot at Barcelona after Chelsea thump Hull

Antonio Conte

Meanwhile, for Bakayoko, the Frenchman hasn't played for Blues since being sent off in the first half of that defeat against Watford at the Vicarage Road. As well as the USA and England, he's also eligible to represent the Republic of Ireland or Italy, so we'll see how that plays out.

The Italian has not been happy with Chelsea's conduct in the transfer market and the Premier League champions have also been losing patience with Conte's constant complaints over signing new players.

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GETTY Steve Sidwell has slammed Chelsea this season

Fabregas was late on Harry Wilson, and referee Andre Marriner had no hesitation in pointing to the spot, but Blues 'keeper Willy Caballero denied Meyler with a comfortable save to his right to keep his clean sheet intact.

Conte's future with the Chelsea had been put under serious threat after the club's two successive humiliating defeats in the Premier League against Watford and Bournemouth but he got his side back on the track with a 3-0 win against West Brom. I'm really pleased with the commitment of my players.

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The 48-year-old is quoted by PA as saying: "To win in the league, and then the FA Cup, was very important for our confidence, and to prepare in the right way for Barcelona". Now we have three days to make the best decision for the game against Barcelona. On one side you must be sad to play them but on the other hand you must be excited and you must try to compete with them at this level.

"It was nearly there, I tried to score one more goal but the most important thing was the win", he said. The second half was a different story, although it was game over. "I consider Barcelona one of the best teams in the world", said the Chelsea boss. Now we have the right confidence again. You'd be mistaken for thinking Willian was playing tricks on them all night.

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Giroud's link-up play was a feature of the match and, having provided two assists, the striker opened his Chelsea account with a smart finish at the near post following good work down the left by debutant Emerson. We gifted them some positions, but we knew it was going to be a tough ask. "But we gave the ball away far too cheaply and allowed class players to hurt us big time".

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