Chelsea legend John Terry has urged Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri to give Callum Hudson-Odoi and Ruben Loftus-Cheek more opportunities this season.
Both Hudson-Odoi and Loftus-Cheek have been on the fringes of the first team squad at Stamford Bridge, with Hudson-Odoi asking to leave the club in January following lack of opportunities.
Terry believes there is more than enough quality in the squad to ensure we finish the season strongly.
“Chelsea can move forward,” said Terry. “They’re a great side and individually they have brilliance in the team. That’s throughout the whole side.
“We can talk about the two centre-halves being incredible today. You look at the boys in front of them; Kante, Barkley, the three players up front. It’s a great team to build around. Go and build upon it.
“They’ve found it difficult this year because Man City have been excellent, Liverpool have been superb as well.
“But we’ve got people like Hudson-Odoi and it’s important to keep him. Ruben Loftus-Cheek, is he ready? Let’s find out. If we’re not going to win the league then let’s give him a chance in the league. Let’s blood the younger players and see what they’ve got.”
Chelsea were beaten 4-3 on penalties by Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday and Terry believes Chelsea were unlucky in the shootout.
“You can do penalties in training but you can’t replicate a game situation,” Terry added.
“Jorginho’s one against Tottenham in the semi-final was brilliant but he’s just missed there. David Luiz, I’d fancy all day long, and it’s just hit the post, but it’s the toss of a coin with penalties once it gets to that point.”
Following the loss to Manchester City on Sunday, Terry believes the players will be pleased to be involved in another huge fixture so soon with Tottenham visiting Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
“With the Spurs game coming on Wednesday, it’s a massive game for the football club, with what it means to the supporters and what it means to the players in that dressing room,” Terry added.
“But as a player you will be thinking thankfully there is another game in quick succession and you can move on from it. And it’s a massive derby, they’re the games you want to play in as a footballer.”