Alvaro Morata makes vow to Chelsea FC fans ahead of Barcelona clash

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"At the same time, as you know very well, we want to try to go through to the next round in the FA Cup".

Antonio Conte revealed that he is confident Alvaro Morata will be fit to face Barcelona, adding that he plans to give the Spain worldwide more minutes to regain his sharpness in the FA Cup fifth-round tie against Hull City on Friday at Stamford Bridge.

Ethan Ampadu has made a handful of senior appearances in cup competitions this season and was joined by Callum Hudson-Odoi in the club's FA Cup fourth-round victory over Newcastle United. We tried to do the same in the Carabao Cup and we reached the semi-finals.

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. We want to win every competition, there's not one priority.

Elsewhere, Conte was able to provide some positive news on Alvaro Morata's condition after his recent back problems.

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Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has called for an end to speculation over his future as he prepares to navigate a sequence of fixtures that could make or break the Blues' season.

'If we decide to play with the three midfielders. Don't forget that we are playing with the [same] system from last season. We need a lot of magic to help us, let's face it, because they're an outstanding team.

Tiemoue Bakayoko, David Luiz and Ross Barkley are all unavailable for the Hull game because of injuries and Conte added that he has "a couple of situations" to check on before finalising his starting XI, with Marcos Alonso unlikely to feature so close to the Barcelona clash after being left out of Chelsea's last two matches as a precaution.

For Hull, Markus Henriksen (ankle), Ondrej Mazuch (hamstring), Moses Odubajo and James Weir (both knee) remain out injured, while Abel Hernandez (Achilles), Kamil Grosicki (ankle) Stephen Kingsley and Michael Dawson (both groin) are coming back from issues of their own.

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins has said that although we go into the weekend's tie as huge underdogs against Chelsea, if you're in football you have to relish challenges like this when the come along. We'll be going there looking to win the tie and progress in the FA Cup.

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