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Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas looks to rejuvenate side

Villas-Boas looks to Chelsea youngsters
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Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas considers bringing the club's youngsters into the first team.

Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that he expects a handful of the club’s youngsters to break into Chelsea's first team.

The 33-year-old Blues boss, who inherited an ageing side when he arrived at Stamford Bridge from Porto this summer, is urging the younger players of the squad to show their worth.

"For all these young boys, the biggest step they have to do as they finish their reserve-team time is to make the step to the first team," FIFA.com quotes Villas-Boas as saying.

"We can look into the future with a couple of them making the step straight into the first team without having to go out on loan."

While Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard share the same age as their manager, Villas-Boas is confident that they can continue to challenge for honours.

"The squad is one of the oldest in the Premiership," he added. "We respect them and are happy enough with the quality that we have to challenge for the title. But we are also looking in the future."

Meanwhile, 18-year-old Josh McEachran and Ryan Bertrand, 21, signed new deals with the former Premier League champions earlier this month.

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City97202632323
2Liverpool97201631323
3Chelsea96302071321
4Arsenal970222111121
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs9702167921
6Bournemouth95221612417
7Watford95131312116
8Everton94321512315
9Wolverhampton WanderersWolves943298115
10Manchester UnitedMan Utd94231516-114
11Leicester CityLeicester94051515012
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton93241013-311
13Burnley92251017-78
14West Ham UnitedWest Ham9216814-67
15Crystal Palace9216511-67
16Southampton9135614-86
17Cardiff CityCardiff9126819-115
18Fulham91261125-145
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield9036418-143
20Newcastle UnitedNewcastle9027614-82

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