Antonio Conte: 'Olivier Giroud competition good for Alvaro Morata'

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With a heavyweight Champions League tie at home to Barcelona awaiting next Tuesday [20 February], Conte plans to rotate his squad for the visit of the Tigers.

"These Chelsea lads are so unprofessional", he said on ITV, per the Daily Mail.

Asked whether Morata and Giroud could be fielded in tandem, Conte added: "I think that, in the future, yes, it could happen".

"When they go and win the league and the last few years, they downed tools under different managers. He is very strong and powerful and he can help us for the rest of the season".

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.

Two men who can ill-afford to slack off in the manner Keane suggested are record signing Alvaro Morata and new recruit Olivier Giroud. I think that in this year and a half we've had a great mentality.

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Chelsea are fourth in the Premier League, 19 points adrift of leaders City with 11 games left, but Conte said it was vital to maintain their advantage over Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, who are directly below them in the league. In every training session I see great commitment and great behaviour.

"At this moment, in every moment, it's very important to have your players, all your players available".

And the commitment of a number of star players has been questioned in the past, with the likes of Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas being blamed for having a part in Mourinho's Stamford Bridge sacking back in 2015.

"For sure, we have in front of us two weeks that will be tough".

Facing Antonio Conte's side at Stamford Bridge in the fifth round of the FA Cup, Hull have a number of issues going into the game but the attitude for Adkins is simple - it's the magic of the Cup, upsets happen and you have to have enthusiasm for a tie like this. We all love to play this wonderful sport. "In this case, in this system, it would mean Hazard, Pedro and Willian are out".

Midfielders Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley as well as defender David Luiz will miss the match against Hull with injuries.