Antonio Conte hints at new Chelsea formation after Olivier Giroud arrival

Antonio Conte hints at new Chelsea formation after Olivier Giroud arrival

Hull also defeated Forest in the previous round of the competition after also seeing off Blackburn Rovers, while the Blues were taken all the way to penalties by Norwich City before emphatically brushing side Newcastle United 3-0 in the last round. We have to go there and play without fear because, at the end of the day, Chelsea are expected to win the game.

Former Chelsea defender Albert Ferrer has told ESPN FC that Luis Enrique would be a flawless fit should he end up replacing Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will rotate his squad for Friday's FA Cup clash with Hull City, with a tough run of fixtures ahead, but he said a strong cup run was high on his list of priorities for the rest of the season. I think that in this year and a half we've had a great mentality. "In every training session I see great commitment".

"I am really happy with the Barca legends project right now but it's true that getting back into coaching is something which appeals to me", he said.

With Olivier Giroud having signed in January, and Eden Hazard also able to play up front, there is now a growing need for Morata to get back amongst the goals, with Barcelona presenting him with the flawless opportunity.

Conte added that Alvaro Morata is likely to play at least some part, having suffered no adverse reaction following his recent return from a back problem.

Conte believes the competition to earn a starting berth at number nine, something the Blues have previously lacked during his tenure, can only be a positive.

When asked his opinion about Roy Keane saying Chelsea players are unprofessional, Conte replied: "In every moment I underlined the commitment of the players".

He said: "Yes, for sure, we have in front of us two weeks that are very tough".

"For a lot of time, we tried to play with Eden Hazard as a No9".

"I think Chelsea's future is very brilliant to have these young players".

Luis Enrique, who won nine trophies in three seasons at Barcelona before leaving last summer, has emerged as one of the favourites to replace Conte, and reports in the Catalan press claim he has held talks.