Chelsea eased into the quarterfinals of the FA Cup with a thumping 4-0 victory over Championship strugglers, Hull City at Stamford Bridge. A brace from Willian added to by goals from Pedro and Giroud sealed the win for Chelsea to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Here are 3 positives from the game:
MAGNIFICENT WILLIAN LEADS CHELSEA TO WIN:
Still in the euphoria of winning the Premier league Goal of the Month for January award, Willian gave Antonio Conte and the fans a reminder of his incredible abilities with a sublime display. He put Chelsea in the lead with a classy finish with just 106 seconds into the game and also scored the killer just after the half hour mark. His overall performance was magnificent and almost bagged a hat trick. Conte would surely be shaking his head with regards to his team selection for the Barcelona game.
CONTE’S PERFECT TONIC HUGELY IMPRESSIVE:
Conte’s team selection against Hull City was spot on. His decision to play certain players was greatly influenced by the Barcelona game on the horizon. Resting the likes of Eden Hazard, N’Golo Kante and Cesar Azpilicueta was a good idea with the intention of keeping them fresh and fit for the Champions clash. More impressive was his blend of youth and experience. Giving minutes to squad players while also blooding youngsters like Ampadu, Scott and Hudson-Odoi was the perfect tonic for our impressive victory and also integrating Chelsea’s present and future stars for football induction.
CONTE’S IDEAL PREPARATION & FANS SUPPORT:
What better way can a team’s confidence level be boosted other than with a convincing performance and win. Conte deserves credit for setting up Chelsea right for our deserved win. With Barcelona in mind, the win was needed to help boost the confidence, fitness and performance levels of the players. More so, chants of his name by the fans which was appreciably applauded by the Italian Coach shows he still has the backing of his ’12th players’. A message which should encourage the club hierarchy to stick with the Italian for the long-term.
Let’s hope for the best. Cheers