Giroud 'relieved' to get first Chelsea goal

Cahill hits out at hypercritical Chelsea critics quick to hail Liverpool and Spurs

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud brilliantly helped out Willy Caballero during their 4-0 over Hull City on Friday night as the Frenchman correctly pointed out which side the goalkeeper should dive to when the Tigers were awarded a penalty kick.

The champions will need at least a win in one of these games to brush the negative public attention surrounding Conte and the team under the carpet. Before an important game, against Barcelona, tonight I go to my house with many doubts in my mind, which is the best starting XI to start the game against Barcelona. "I'm very happy to be here". We must be pleased, especially because, in this way, we are in the next round in this competition.

Fellow new boy Emerson Palmier did extremely well to worm his way into the box before crossing for Giroud, who produced a tidy flicked finish.

"It's important for Giroud's confidence". Now we have to prepare for the game against Barcelona. We have to try to have the ideal game and to try to make the best decisions also for this type of team.

"Bakayoko I don't think will be available for the Barcelona game, but Alonso is ready to play", Conte told reporters. It was important for me to score my first goal. "I hope to see always this type of performance, because when Willy plays in this way it's a great joy for me, the team and the fans". In the second half we tried to manage the game and in England that is very hard.

The Blues seem to have returned to form just in time for the Barca clash, having suffered big back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford in recent weeks, but have beaten West Brom in the league and Hull in the cup since then.

Antonio Conte has hinted that he is planning to start Alvaro Morata for Chelsea FC's crunch Champions League showdown against FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge next week.

Hull's focus is now on the fight against a second successive relegation and manager Nigel Adkins said: "We've come with a game plan and within a couple of minutes it goes out of the window". We were not close enough in the first, but the second half was a totally different story. We had chances, with the penalty. It's what we needed.

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