Antonio Conte confirmed that Tiemoue Bakayoko will not feature against Barcelona and Chelsea fans breathed a collective sigh of relief.
The Blues stormed through to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup with a 4-0 victory over Hull on Friday night and an injury meant Bakayoko missed the Stamford Bridge clash. Bakayoko completed a £40million move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window with a stellar reputation from Monaco but the midfielder has had a miserable debut campaign in England.
The Frenchman was sent off in the side’s 4-1 defeat at Watford earlier this month and subsequently booed off by Chelsea’s away support at Vicarage Road. As well as the victory over Hull, Bakayoko played no part in Chelsea’s 3-0 win at home to West Brom on Monday night – coincidence?
Asked if Marcos Alonso and Bakayoko will be fit to face Barcelona, Conte responded: ‘Yes. He [Alonso] will be fit. ‘I don’t think Bakayoko is available for the game against Barcelona. Alonso is ready to play.
Bakayoko out for Barcelona pic.twitter.com/W8yKW2PVzN
— T (@HazardFIicks) February 16, 2018
Bakayoko isn’t playing against Barca pic.twitter.com/tsoj8iiGuB
— • (@HudsonOdoi70) February 16, 2018
Bakayoko not playing against Barca pic.twitter.com/JYVbQixX3Z
— Brian (@BRlANFC) February 16, 2018
Conte says Alonso will be fit to face Barcelona but Bakayoko is out #cfc
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) February 16, 2018
Yesssssss no Bakayoko 👍🙏 https://t.co/DAPUiMUpNy
— Andreas Christensen (@Christenseenn) February 16, 2018
Source: Metro Uk