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Chelsea have long been criticised for failing to give regular first-team opportunities to younger players despite having one of the most prolific academies in the country.
Chelsea players are currently at the training camp in Dublin Ireland, and new boss Frank Lampard took along a number of Chelsea youngsters for the pre-season.
Chelsea academy has produced a huge number of quality players over the years, and Blues skipper Cesar Azpilicueta says it is important to help youngsters adapt and feel confident about their abilities.
Azpilicueta said: “We have a lot of youngsters coming in – it is a great chance for them. We need to lead by example, by training well ourselves.
“They way we play always reflect the way we train, I believe that. It is a very important part of our job.
“So we have to help them – once we all were young players coming into the first team. We know how hard it could be. It’s not easy, but we try to help them express themselves, to feel confident.
“We have the best Academy in England and it is time to see that.”
Newly appointed Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has claimed he is ready to give youth a chance.
“The path from the academy to the first team is important,” said Lampard. “It is something that I will work hard to make sure the communication is there day in, day out. I’m lucky because the staff I have with me will help with that.
“I will always have an eye on the academy. I was that young player a very long time ago and the one thing you want is the feeling that the road which divides the academy to the main building is a road you can cross. It has to be there for you.
“And I think that does come from the top. If young players are performing and they deserve it on merit, then they will be coming to train with us.
“But there is a lot of hard work for them to do. I don’t want it to look like an easy road. It is very tough, but I want to try and help them.”