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AVB Ordered To Play Kids By Chelsea Owner Roman Abramovich

Stamford Bridge youngsters to get chance to prove themselves.

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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has been told by owner Roman Abramovich to play his youngsters in tonight’s Carling Cup tie against Fulham.

The Blues boss revealed the Russian billionaire wants the new philosophy to help develop the best of the up and coming talent.

Josh McEachran, Romelu Lukaku, Ryan Bertrand and Oriol Romeu will all get their chance to impress against the Cottagers, instead of established first teamers.

AVB is glad to oblige his employer as he hopes Abramovich will now be more patient and wants to build a lasting legacy.

“It’s a club philosophy,” Villas-Boas said. “A decision the owner wants, to promote talent.

But there is a responsibility to try and win trophy as well. I think there is prestige in the competition.

“Arsenal have been doing it for years. We can discuss if it has been useful or not for the talent.

“But I think it has been, they (Arsenal) reached the final last year and a couple of semis. Important to get feeling of competition for them.

“The Carling Cup is an opportunity for us to put our best young talents across and give them experience for us. It’s not a completely new approach as we did it last year.

“We want them to have these opportunities. It’s a good challenge, as Fulham are a Premier League team, and it gives us an idea of where we stand.”

Expected Chelsea team: Turnbull; Ferreira, Chalobah, Luiz, Bertrand; Romeu, McEachran, Malouda, Kalou; Drogba, Lukaku.

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