Chelsea vs Fulham
Carling Cup Third Round
Wednesday, September 21st: 19:45
Live Team Sheet
Chelsea: Cech, Ferreira, Luiz, Alex, Bertrand, McEachran, Romeu, Malouda, Sturridge, Lukaku, Kalou.
SUBS: Turnbull, Bosingwa, Terry, Mikel, Lampard, Mata, Drogba.
Fulham: Schwarzer, Kelly, Baird, Senderos, Grygera, Briggs, Gecov, Kasami, Ruiz, Frei, Orlando Sa.
SUBS: Etheridge (GK), JA Riise, Sidwell, Zamora, Dembele, Kacaniklic, Halliche.
Villas-Boas urged to blood youngsters
Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has revealed Roman Abromovich's desire to see the club's youth players fielded during their Carling Cup run this season.
The Blues have a decent record in the competition, having competed in three of the past seven finals, often fielding a mix of youth and experience to get them through the early rounds.
Despite this policy backfiring during last season's third round tie against Newcastle United, Villas-Boas says the club will plump for youth during this season's competition.
"The owner has told me it will be the club's philosophy to use the Carling Cup to promote young talent," he said.
"It is not a new approach to this competition. Arsenal have been doing it for years.
"But it is different to the philosophy the club had when I arrived here with Jose Mourinho in 2005. Then the aim was to win the most amount of trophies possible.
"There was an aggressive approach to winning the Carling Cup because it was the first trophy available to us.
"We still want to win as many trophies as we can but now we have taken the decision to promote youngsters in the Carling Cup. This match gives us an opportunity to push our best young talents and give them experience.
"It is a good challenge against Premier League opponents that gives us an idea of where we stand with the young players we are trying to bring through."
With the likes of Josh McEachran and Romelu Lukaku to call upon, Chelsea's line up is unlikely to be dramatically affected, and opposing manager Martin Jol is hoping any changes to his side Fulham side won't have an adverse affect on the club's chances at Stamford Bridge.
With The Whites' Barclays Premier League and Europa League commitments taking precedence, Jol will be forced into a number of alterations following Sunday's draw with Manchester City.
“I still feel positive because I have players in the positions, like [Matthew] Briggs at the back and [Zdenek] Grygera, Stephen Kelly, a lot of younger players too, so I don’t think that would weaken the team," Jol said.
“Chelsea are also playing a lot of games at the moment so they will probably play different players.
“I think we can line up a very good team against Chelsea - if I do not play Bobby Zamora, then I can use Orlando Sa, he has not played yet and has to start somewhere, so you never know.”
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