Giroud scores first Blues goal in Cup rout


Chelsea manager Antonio Conte welcomed his selection headache ahead of a vital few weeks for the English champions, after a much-changed side thrashed Hull 4-0 on Friday to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals.

"If we were lucky to play on Friday, we were very unlucky to have this schedule between the two Barcelona games - United, City".

The Brazil global scored two goals as Chelsea advanced to the quarterfinals, with Olivier Giroud claiming his first goal with his new club and Pedro also on target in the 4-0 victory.

But the Tigers came out for the second half rejuvinated and came close to getting a consolation goal, however David Meyler watched Willy Caballero save his penalty-kick.

Chelsea will be the underdogs when Barcelona arrive at Stamford Bridge next week for the first leg of the last-16 tie in the Champions League, but Conte is pleased with his side's preparation for the game. 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.

Caballero, Rudiger, Ampadu, Cahill, Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Fabregas (Scott 62), Palmieri dos Santos, Willian, Giroud (Morata 70), Pedro (Hudson-Odoi 45).

They are bidding to win the competition for the eighth time after last lifting the trophy in 2012 when they beat Liverpool 2-1 in the final at Wembley stadium. "But we played a good game at the end of a busy period".

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"The first team players are more experienced and you learn from them, ' he says".

Chelsea however were dominant and could have had more as Giroud shot over from Pedro's scooped pass, before Willian and Pedro forced two good saves out of Scottish keeper Marshall.

"I think I have to make the best decisions for the team". We must be confident to prepare for it in the right way. You could see their flair and how they break up play.

"The most important thing is that we are in the next round".

"Jose Mourinho was in charge and Scunny actually went in front, Paul Hayes scored a wonderful goal, and for half an hour the magic of the FA Cup (was alive) and the Scunthorpe supporters were jumping up and down, and everyone had a smile on their faces".

Their plan was to do so "for life", but, as we all know, money talks in football, and if a big offer were to land on the Italian side's desk, they probably would have to consider it.