Hull City boss Nigel Adkins: 'We quickly ended game plan against Chelsea'

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"The last two wins were very important for us and our confidence".

"I think in football always you have to improve and we did that and in these two weeks we worked hard, tried to improve ourselves", Willian said.

For the sake of completeness, Manchester United will be facing the lovely Brighton and Hove Albion, Spurs will go up against League One opponents AFC Rochdale, and either (Premier League killers) Wigan or Manchester City are to play Southampton.

"We need to face the games against Barca, [Manchester] United, [Manchester] City and Crystal Palace in the right way". It was important for me to score my first goal.

"But obviously the class of the Chelsea team came through in the end and they won the game".

Fabregas assisted his compatriot Pedro for the second goal after a vintage eye of the needle pass.

The former Arsenal striker turned providing into scoring, netting his first Blues goal from inside the six-yard box.

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"I would love to be able to say this is our strongest team to go out there and play, everybody in their best positions, in the formation that's going to suit everybody to give an opportunity to win the game".

Chants of "Barcelona, we're coming for you" rang around and, unlike in the recent defeat vs. Watford at Vicarage Road, the tone was not ironic.

While their defence of the league title has been unimpressive, Conte's team are in the sixth round of the FA Cup and will take on Barcelona in the Champions League round of 16.

'In one side, you must be a bit sad to play against them. You have to try and compete with them at this level. "Now we have the right confidence again", said Conte.

Hull, who will be without Nigeria defender Ola Aina as he is on loan from Chelsea, recorded an impressive 2-0 away league win against Nottingham Forest to halt their four straight league games without a win. We were in at full-time asking how he is, for me especially when I was that age, I've never seen anything like that.

The contest was arguably over just before the break, as Giroud capped off a standout first-half showing by securing his first goal for the club with a deft finish following some adroit work from debutant Emerson Palmieri on the left flank.

'We came with a game plan and within a couple of minutes it's out of the window.