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

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Ross Barkley (hamstring) will miss Hull's visit to west London, while David Luiz and Tiemoue Bakayoko have been unable to overcome knocks in time to feature.

Conte is likely to make several changes to his starting lineup with the West Londoners facing Barcelona in the Champions League next week.

"When you start a season, every competition is a priority". Young Dujon Sterling played yesterday against Spurs in the FA Youth Cup, but perhaps tellingly, Callum Hudson-Odoi was not. "Ampadu, for me, it is not hard to predict a brilliant future for him. For this reason I think it is right to have a plan to take on the two tough weeks in the right way", added Conte, who has won five league titles as a manager but no cups.

So, in any case, trap game or freebie or opportunity - regardless of what we call it, Chelsea have a great chance to advance to the FA Cup quarterfinals against the second division strugglers.

"I think that Alvaro is a player with a good responsibility".

United States Under-20 global Scott is still to make his senior Blues debut but has featured as an unused substitute on five occasions in all competitions this season. The Spain worldwide came off the bench to produce a bright cameo appearance in the 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion on Monday [12 February] and could make an appearance against Hull, although Conte suggested he is saving him for the visit of Barcelona.

"Alvaro is a player with a good responsibility and a good maturity", Conte said.

However, Conte has no such complaints of his squad and insisted that he can see their commitment in every training session. His physical condition is improving.

"It's very important we have all players available".

Speaking ahead of the game, he said: "We need the magic of the FA Cup and we'll need a lot of it because we're going up against a top side with an excellent manager and players who are used to winning things".