Chelsea coach happy with options he has ahead of Barcelona clash

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With an eye on Tuesday's Champions League last 16, first leg at home to Barcelona, Chelsea took their foot off the gas in the second half.

Despite Championship side Hull City hardly testing Chelsea in our 4-0 win against the Tigers, it was a professional performance from Antonio Conte's team.

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.

That they scored each of their four goals - twice through Willian and then Pedro and Olivier Giroud - by half-time demonstrated they remain capable of reaching the level that led them to last season's Premier League title, and before a period that could define their campaign.

Players such as Eden Hazard, N'Golo Kante, Victor Moses and Marcos Alonso were all given a rest while Alvaro Morata was given a 20-minute cameo appearance from the bench. "He is fit, but I don't think Bakayoko [will be]".

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He certainly seems excited by what the future holds, adding: "You can see the team has good team cohesion and it was very important to bounce back from the two games before". But it's right to be so.

After the Barca game, Chelsea face Manchester United and Manchester City in the league and Conte said the confidence was back after a sticky patch. We started with great focus and concentration, will to score and wanted to go to the next round. We must be pleased, especially because, in this way, we are in the next round in this competition. The game was very compact. "We allowed them too much ball in the first half". "In England that's very hard, because anything can happen".

Through some master class from Willian, we kept a clean-sheet. "He played very well and I'm very happy".

Conte made seven changes from the side that beat West Brom 3-0 on Monday to ease the pressure on his job after damaging defeats by Bournemouth and Watford. "It won't be easy, for sure, but we must have the right confidence and then we'll see what happens".

"It was a great game, not only by me but the whole team", the 29-year-old told BT Sport.

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