Chelsea manager Roberto di Matteo has admitted his young stars will soon be ready to take up the mantle of the old guard that have carried the Blues through the most successful period in the club’s history.
Stamford Bridge is currently witnessing a change in their side’s style of play, led by the exciting young trio of Eden Hazard, Juan Mata and Oscar – all providing support to World Cup and European Championship winners Fernando Torres.
The likes of Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole and John Terry are all coming to the latter stages of their careers and Di Matteo, while insisting they are still crucial to Chelsea’s success, admitted they will have to move one eventually.
The Italian also believes the crop of more youthful stars will soon have what it takes to emulate the likes of Lampard and Terry.
“They have been successful at the club for many years and are still very much part of the spine of the team,” he is quoted as saying in the Daily Star.
“I think we have a new breed of players who are developing and going to take over because, obviously, everything will have to end at some time.”
Chelsea are currently top of the Premier League and unbeaten so far this season and much of this is down to the likes of Mata and Hazard proving highly creative in and around the opposition area.
However, in defence the likes of Gary Cahill and Ryan Bertrand have proved they are more than capable of standing in when needed, giving an indicator that, when Cole and Terry do move on, Chelsea have the resources to replace them sufficiently.