Andre Villas-Boas has called on Chelsea’s youngsters to show their worth in the Carling Cup tomorrow night, with the side taking on an invigorated Everton squad in the hope of collecting another piece of silverware.
Chelsea suffered a difficult loss against QPR at the weekend, with the Blues going down to nine men, and suffering from seven separate yellow cards in the fiery west London derby.
While the side are without Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa and Ashley Cole through suspension, Villas-Boas believes that bringing out the younger, less experienced players will get the job done in the competition.
“Our challenge is to win the most amount of trophies possible so this is a game to win,” he said.
“On the bigger picture, Arsenal comes up after a Premier League defeat and we need a response, but the Carling Cup is important as well.
“We have adopted the policy of playing the most amount of youngsters as possible in this competition and we will try to stick to it but our commitment is to try to win the game.”
Villas-Boas is refusing to underestimate Everton though, with the Toffees coming off a morale-boosting 3-1 win over Fulham.
“David Moyes played a strong team in the last Carling Cup game against West Brom so the competition is important to them,” he explained.
“They were making steady progress until the Merseyside derby which they were unlucky to lose as they were playing with 10 men.
“We managed to get a very good win when we played them at home which was enormously gratifying, but bear in mind the win they had at Fulham at the weekend which even they maybe weren't expecting after [Bobby] Zamora's miss, it is something that will gives them the stimulus for this game.
“They are always an organised team and they can surprise you but this will be an important game for both teams.”