Make this kids’ play, Roman tells AVB
CHELSEA v FULHAM
CHELSEA owner Roman Abramovich has told boss Andre Villas-Boas to play the kids in the Carling Cup – even if it means missing out on the first trophy of the season.
Villas-Boas was part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff when Chelsea won the trophy in 2005 by fielding strong sides.
But Abramovich has ordered AVB to promote the kids he has shelled out millions for over the summer – Romelu Lukaku and Oriel Romeu.
Villas-Boas said: “Under Jose there was an aggressive approach to winning the first trophy available. This is a different approach.
“It is a change in the club’s philosophy – a decision the owner has made – because he wants to promote talent.
“The Carling Cup is an opportunity for us to put our best young talents across and give them experience.”
Lukaku, Romeu and midfield star Josh McEachran will get their first starts of the season.
Steve Sidwell has no hard feelings towards Chelsea – despite seeing his career there fail to get off the ground.
The midfielder joined the Blues from Reading in May 2007 but made just SEVEN Premier League starts before being sold to Aston Villa.
Sidwell said: “Going to a superstar place like Chelsea was an eyeopener but I loved every minute of it.”