Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Chelsea’s younger members of the squad will get the chance to step up tomorrow night in the Carling Cup match-up with Fulham, as the manager shuffles his squad after suffering defeat at Old Trafford.
The Blues are hoping to bounce back from their loss to Manchester United and continue to progress in the competition. And with three matches in the seven days, including Valencia in Spain in the Champions League next Wednesday, Villas-Boas is going to take advantage of the depth in his squad.
Josh McEachran, Ryan Bertrand, Romelu Lukaku and Oriol Romeu all look set to play, and the Portuguese manager says it’s the perfect opportunity for the younger players to prove they can be counted alongside Chelsea’s stalwarts.
"Opportunities will be given to our youngest players and reaching a starting XI will not be difficult for you guys [the media],” he said.
"The rest we have to put ourselves in a situation where we can try to win the game and try to continue in the competition and that’s what we’re going to do.”
Chelsea will be hoping to expose a tired Fulham, who are facing a tough schedule with midweek Europa League matches as well as cup and league games.
And Didier Drogba looks set to make his long-awaited return for the match, after the striker suffered a concussion when colliding with Norwich City goalkeeper John Ruddy.
Drogba has missed three Chelsea matches, including the loss to United, but Villas-Boas has decided the Ivory Coast international is ready to return to action.