Willian shines as Chelsea beats Huddersfield 3-1

Chelsea potentially open to Sturridge return

This means they entered Monday morning's draw knowing they would face one of the winners of the other groups (Barcelona, PSG or Besiktas) in the last 16.

Willian said defending champions Chelsea will continue to battle for the Premier League title after moving 11 points behind leaders Manchester City by beating Huddersfield Town.

"I have to be realistic, we have to face this situation with these players".

Goals from Tiemoue Bakayoko, Willian and Pedro Rodriguez put Chelsea out of sight at the John Smith's Stadium before Laurent Depoitre's injury-time consolation, with the result providing an emphatic response to Saturday's limp defeat against London rivals West Ham.

Willian was asked if Chelsea were back in the race for the title after an impressive win and Hazard had to remind him the gap was eleven points, not 14. "It's frustrating", said Chelsea captain Gary Cahill.

"Morata is out, because he's a bit exhausted and there is a problem in his back".

Huddersfield recorded a much needed win last weekend as they turned over Brighton 2-0. We know we are going to be spells in the game where we won't be on top.

Huddersfield did not concede again, despite Chelsea's best efforts, and substitute Depoitre, a late replacement for Steve Mounie, headed brilliantly home in time added on from fellow replacement Florent Hadergjonaj's excellent cross. "When it is the moment to play Barcelona then we will start thinking about it".

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had the luxury of being able to bring off Hazard and N'Golo Kante midway through the second half, amid a grueling run of games for the team.

Michael Hefele is still lacking fitness following a long-term Achilles injury while fellow defender Jon Stankovic is still out with a knee ligament injury.

Chelsea are aiming to try and claw their way back into the title race but they now find themselves 14 points behind leaders Manchester City after 16 games of the new campaign.

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