Willian's brace ensured that Chelsea secured a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup courtesy of a resounding 4-0 victory over visitors Hull City at Stamford Bridge on Friday.
That they scored each of their four goals - twice through Willian and then Pedro and Olivier Giroud - by half-time demonstrated they remain capable of reaching the level that led them to last season's Premier League title, and before a period that could define their campaign.
Given Chelsea's apparent reluctance to play their youth players, fans were upset to see Hudson-Odoi only make the bench for the game against Hull. He was brilliantly picked out by his Spanish teammate Cesc Fabregas and after a great first touch, the former Barca winger stayed calm and collected to roll the ball past David Marshall, who had made some good saves to deny the home side.
"I had a couple of chances in previous games, so yeah, it was very important to get the first goal and now I am a little relieved, to be honest".
"Now he [Morata] is training with us every day and his physical condition is improving".
Conte's future with the Chelsea had been put under serious threat after the club's two successive humiliating defeats in the Premier League against Watford and Bournemouth but he got his side back on the track with a 3-0 win against West Brom.
Ethan Ampadu, 17, made his seventh appearance for the club and it was the seventh time since his summer move from minnows Exeter City that he has proved he is good enough to start games for his club. This type of game must give us great enthusiasm and we must be excited.
The final fixture in this season's FA Cup fifth round sees Kevin De Bruyne and Manchester City travel across Lancashire on Monday evening to take on League One promotion candidates Wigan Athletic. It's very nice. Two clean sheets.
It was the ideal evening for Conte having lost three of their last four matches heading into the game. "I consider Barcelona one of the best teams in the world", said the Chelsea boss. Yes, they took their foot off the gas, but we were much better in the second half and my players deserve credit for that. We must be confident to prepare for it in the right way.