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18 February, 2018, 05:25 | Author: Carla Brady
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Marshall, Meyler, Dawson, MacDonald, Clark, Stewart, Irvine (Batty 88), Wilson (Toral 55), Evandro, Diomande, Dicko (Campbell 72).

Blues manager Antonio Conte is expected to rotate his squad for the upcoming FA Cup fifth-round tie against Hull with David Luiz, Ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko all unavailable for selection.

"Good game, good performance". Meyler did miss the penalty - it was a good height for the keeper according to Glenn Hoddle on commentary for BT Sport.

"The most important thing is that we are in the next round. We must take the right time to make the best decision to pick the best XI to start that game", he added. You hope to always have a game that you can dominate. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. "As you know very well, in every moment I have underlined the commitment of the players". We have to try to have the ideal game and to try to make the best decisions for this type of team. I have different options. I consider Barcelona one of the best teams in the world. "We're very pleased with these two last games so let's carry on". "It won't be easy, for sure, but we must have the right confidence and then we'll see what happens".

Ahead of their match against Barcelona in midweek, Antonio Conte chose to rest some of his key players; Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard were all replaced in the starting XI.

Both Alonso and Bakayako with a host of other top superstars were rested by Conte in the Hull City win but Chelsea warmed up for Barcelona in style putting 4 past their opponents.

The visitors have a bad away record in recent years, as they have won just three of their last 35 away games in all competitions. You have to try and compete with them at this level. We allowed them too much ball in the first half. When he plays in this way it's a great joy.

Willian then so archly made it 3-0, with a shot that didn't look like it had any right to go in.

The former Arsenal striker turned providing into scoring, netting his first Blues goal from inside the six-yard box. Michael Dawson's return from groin trouble was offset by Jarrob Bowen's absence with an untimely hamstring injury.

"But the disappointment is the first half".



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