Conte pleased with confidence boost ahead of Barca clash

"The hat-trick was nearly there, I tried, but the most important thing was the win", said Willian.

The Brazilian worldwide further highlighted the importance of Chelsea gaining some much-need momentum ahead of their Champions League clash with Barcelona next week.

"It's important to get back to winning and now we have the big game on Tuesday". But now, we must be confident. The last game the Spaniard played was Chelsea's 3-0 defeat against Bournemouth at home on 31 January. "We have to try to move the game in the right direction".

Olivier Giroud and Willian starred as Chelsea reached the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

Giroud then got in on the act himself just prior to the break, stabbing in from close range after a strong run up the left flank by debutant Emerson Palmieri.

Conte told the media after the game that "it was a positive night, Oliver Giroud got his first goal and Willian had an impressive performance". Hull's toothless attack offered little indication of the 23-year-old's defensive prowess, though, and you suspect this will be a key factor in who Conte trusts against Barcelona. He's an worldwide player, an important player. On 14 minutes Pedro Rodriguez dinked the ball over the Hull defence for an unmarked Olivier Giroud to volley over and moments later the Spanish forward poked just wide after racing onto a Cesc Fabregas through ball. We should have scored some goals. "I was unlucky but I hope there are more goals to come in the next match. At the same time, this type of game must give us great enthusiasm and we must be excited to play it because I consider Barcelona as one of the best teams in the world". "He played very well and I'm very happy". It is important we go far in the Champions League this season. But it's right to be so.

"We must take the time to make the best decision about who will start the game".

Conte added that he is relishing the tie against Barcelona.

'I think that in this year and a half we've had a great mentality.

The manager had rotated his team for the FA Cup fifth-round visit of the Championship Tigers and ahead of their fixtures with Barca, Manchester United and Manchester City, and then saw several fringe players impress.

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