Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Thursday, April 25, 2019 06:54:04 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Conte happy to have selection headache for Barca clash

By AFP, London
18th-Feb-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte welcomed his selection headache ahead of a vital few weeks for the English champions after a much-changed side thrashed Hull City 4-0 to reach the FA Cup quarter finals on Friday.
Willian was the star of the show with two fabulous strikes from outside the box, while Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud with his first for the club also struck as all four goals came in the first-half.
Conte had left Thibaut Courtois, Cesar Azpilicueta, N'Golo Kante and Eden Hazard out of his squad before Barcelona's visit to Stamford Bridge for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie on Tuesday.
"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," said Conte.
"But it's right to be so. We must take the right time to make the best decision to pick the best XI to start that game."
In between the two legs against the Catalan giants, Chelsea travel to Manchester United and Manchester City on Premier League duty as they battle for a place in the top four.
However, Conte believes victory, allied to a 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday, has restored the confidence needed to beat Barca to a Chelsea side that was reeling after back-to-back defeats against Bournemouth and Watford less than two weeks ago.
"We are talking about a massive game. But now, we must be confident," added the Italian.
"I consider Barcelona one of the best teams in the world. In one side, you must be a bit sad to play against them, but, on the other hand, you must be excited.
"You have to try and compete with them at this level. It won't be easy, for sure, but we must have the right confidence and then we'll see what happens."
Willian did more than most to try and force his way into Conte's side for Tuesday.
The Brazilian scored from long-range off both feet and saw another effort come back of the post two minutes from time.
"The hat-trick was almost there, I tried, but the most important thing was the win," said Willian.
"After a difficult moment we are back to winning games. When you are winning games the confidence goes high. Now we have to carry on."
A perfect night for Chelsea was rounded off by Giroud bagging his first goal for the club following a deadline day move from Arsenal last month.
"I was waiting for it. I had a couple of chances in previous games. It was important for me to score my first goal. It's relieved me a little bit," he said.

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

GDP data demanded by CPD won't be coming


Independent think-tank Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) said when a government comes to power; it takes new initiatives in line with its electoral pledges. Yet nothing mentionable could be seen after the current government took office. It said an entrenched vested group is framing policies, taking the government in its ...

Football »

Long breaks fastest goal record as Gray snatches late point for Watford


Southampton striker Shane Long scored the fastest goal in Premier League history on Tuesday after netting just 7.69 seconds into his side's 1-1 draw at Watford, who snatched a point thanks to Andre Gray's late equaliser.Long's record-breaking goal came immediately after the kick-off when he blocked a clearance from Watford ...

International »

Pro-EU party launches election campaign as UK MPs return from break


A new anti-Brexit political party launched its campaign Tuesday for next month's European Parliament elections as British lawmakers returned from their Easter break with rumours of fresh bids to topple Prime Minister Theresa May.Change UK, formed by breakaway MPs from Britain's two main parties disgruntled at their stances on Brexit, ...

International »

Fake German heiress on trial in US for duping people of $275,000


AFP, New York :A jury in New York on Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a German-Russian woman charged with 10 counts of fraud and theft of $275,000 during the time she spent passing herself off as an heiress. Anna Sorokin, 28, is accused of inventing a new identity upon ...

Business & Economy »

Zarish Couture, an exclusive fashion house was inaugurated at house: 103, road: 13/A, block-C, Bananni in the city on Saturday. Farzana Rahman, Managing Director of the fashion house and Actor Siam Ahmed were also present.


Entertainment »

Sri Reddy writes an open letter to Chief Minister


Actress Sri Reddy who became a sensation for raising her voice against casting couch in Tollywood is back to making the headlines.  Sri Reddy, on Friday, wrote an open letter to K Chandrasekhar Rao, Chief Minister of Telangana and requested him to personally investigate about the sexual harassment that is ...

Entertainment »

Twitter user calls Priya Anand ‘bad luck’ for co-stars, actress hits back


Actress Priya Anand, who is popular for her roles in Telugu films 180, Ko Antey Koti and Leader, was trolled and called ‘bad luck’ for actors. Tamil actor JK Rithesh, who was recently seen in LKG, has passed away recently due to severe chest pain. Last year, actress Sridevi passed ...

National »

SIRAJDIKHAN (Munshiganj): Health Department, Sirajdikhan Upazila brought out a rally marking the National Nutrition Week yesterday .


International »

Probe shows Sri Lanka attacks 'retaliation for Christchurch': Govt


AFP :Islamist suicide bombings that killed more than 300 people in Sri Lanka at the weekend were carried out in revenge for last month's attacks on two mosques in New Zealand, the government said Tuesday, citing an initial police probe.The revelation came as the death toll in the Easter Sunday ...

Editorial »

Deadly gas pipe line blasts: Who will take responsibility?


THE gas line explosion that killed two garment workers and injured six others in a residential block in Narayanganj on early Monday is not an isolated incident, rather an explicit exposure of the danger of derelict, faulty and illegal gas connections and substandard gas burner uses. We observe that incidents ...

City »

Economist Debapriya Bhattachariya speaking at a media briefing on 'First One Hundred-Day of the Present Government: Independent Review of Bangladesh's Development' organised by CPD in CIRDAP Auditorium in the city on Tuesday.


Sports »

Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) defends against Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (center left) in the first half during Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Salt Lake City on Monday.


Football »

Ronaldo '1,000 percent' with Juventus


Cristiano Ronaldo said on Saturday he is "1,000 percent committed" to staying with Juventus next season after claiming his first Serie A title.Massimiliano Allegri's side needed just one point to nail down its eighth straight league championship, which helped ease some of the pain of its shock Champions League exit ...

International »

Top Democrats leave open option of Trump impeachment after Mueller report


Reuters, Washington :Top congressional Democrats left the door open on Sunday to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump, but said they would first need to complete their own investigations into whether he obstructed justice in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe.Some party leaders have cautioned against impeachment just 18 ...

National »

PIROJPUR: Floating Watermelon Bazar at Swarupkathi Upazila has gained momentum as the district has achieved bumper production of the summer fruit. This snap was taken on Monday.


 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news