Adkins takes positives from heavy FA Cup defeat to Chelsea

Brazilian midfielder Willian chases a loose ball as the Blues prepared for the visit of Hull

Brazilian midfielder Willian chases a loose ball as the Blues prepared for the visit of Hull

Olivier Giroud and Willian starred as Chelsea reached the FA Cup quarter-finals on Friday. The return to the starting lineup for Willian from injury was a difference maker as he showed his immediate influence and bragged a brace. But for the Italian manager, it was the clean sheet which was far more important than the goals feat.

Speaking more about the second half he felt the players got back to the original game plan and we put that into action in the second period.

Brazilian worldwide Willian who came off the bench on Monday, gave them the flawless start with a throbbing finish after cutting through goal before unleashing a sterling curler in the opening seconds.

At the end of a week that began with his job in doubt, Conte will take two victories, seven goals scored and none conceded.

He was brilliantly picked out by his Spanish teammate Cesc Fabregas and after a great first touch, the former Barca winger stayed calm and collected to roll the ball past David Marshall, who had made some good saves to deny the home side.

Star men came big for the Foxes as Jamie Vardy struck the only goal after 66 minutes off a cross from Riyad Mahrez. Second half, fair credit to them, they gave it a go and we did what we had hoped to do initially.

'As I said before this confidence is very important so we must carry on like that, keep it up, ' the France global said after the 4-0 win.

Scoring helps, too; Giroud took one chance and might have had a hat trick against Hull, but if Conte judged his strikers purely on goals then Michy Batshuayi, in rampant form on loan at Borussia Dortmund, would still be at Stamford Bridge. Now we have three days to make the best decision for the game against Barcelona. When he plays in this way it's a great joy. We let some talented players demonstrate how good they are'.

"The next thing I know he is chucking me in the back of the vehicle saying, "Your sister is being born, we have got to go".

The 31-year-old has already established a good report with the likes of Hazard and Willian and it would appear he's on the same wavelength as one other teammate: Willy Caballero.

Chelsea had no problem seeing off Championship side Hull, who were totally outclassed.

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