Chelsea star expected to return for Barcelona game

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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.

"Bakayoko. I don't think will be available for the Barcelona game, but Alonso is ready to play", Conte confirmed in the press conference.

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

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. I have different options. "We're very pleased with these two last games so let's carry on". "Now we have the right confidence again", said Conte. "We must take the right time to make the best decision to pick the best XI to start that game", he added. We gifted them the opportunities to score some goals in the first half. 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.

- Chelsea's opener was scored after just 106 seconds, and there were just 288 seconds between the Blues' second and third goals.

Giroud missed two fine chances with Pedro failing to latch onto a smart throughball in between those failed efforts for the French forward.

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Cesc Fabregas picked up the ball in his own half and - as tends to happen when a midfield creator of that quality is afforded that kind space - gloriously picked his curved pass, to put Pedro clean trough on goal.

Olivier Giroud who enjoyed a decent outing in the contest grabbed his first goal in a Chelsea shirt when he capitalised on a mouthwatering cross from Emerson Palmieri to knick it past the Hull keeper. The former Arsenal hitman fed Willian, and the 29-year-old duly rifled in another accurate finish from distance.

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.

But a dire night for Nigel Adkins' men was complete when Willy Caballero saved David Meyler's penalty.

The Chelsea goalkeeper then denied Nouha Dicko with another smart intervention, and one that roused the Blues from their second-half slumber.

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