Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas will use the Carling Cup trip to Everton to begin the clean up after Sunday’s surprise 1-0 defeat at the hands of local rivals QPR.
With Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa given their marching orders in the first half, there will be tired legs amongst the first team and the League Cup will provide a free pass for Boswinga’s suspension before the visit of Arsenal on Saturday afternoon.
‘We decided not to appeal because it could have put us in trouble with regards to his availability for the Arsenal game,’ Villas-Boas said.
‘Because we weren’t thinking of involving him in the Carling Cup we use this game to serve the suspension, not that we were happy with the sending off.”
Fernando Torres may get a run out after returning from suspension after his own red card but the Portguese manager suggested that much of the rest of the team will be made up of youngsters and squad players.
“On the bigger picture, Arsenal comes up after a Premier League defeat and we need a response,” he said, “but the Carling Cup is important as well.
We have adopted the policy of playing the most amount of youngsters as possible in this competition and we will try to stick to it but our commitment is to try to win the game.”
Josh McEachran, Romelu Lukaku and former Barcelona starlet Oriol Romeu are three tipped for a bright future and they will get their chance to pit themselves against what is likely to be a full strength Everton team as David Moyes looks to progress to the quarter finals, still in search of his first piece of silverware with the Toffees.
“The next game is always the biggest priority but I have always said that being in the Premier League always has to be number one and it always will be. But obviously I would like to win a cup if we can do so”, Moyes said.
“We have a chance if we want to play youngsters but we want to try and progress so we are working with the same 18 or 19 players that we have and it will be the same 18 or 19 which are available for the Chelsea game.”
Moyes will also hope to maintain a strong record at Goodison Park against the London blues as his side have not lost to Chelsea at home since 2008 and after a 3-1 win at Fulham on Sunday they should be full of confidence.
New boy Royston Drenthe has looked a potent force in his introductory games in the premier league as he proved with his opening goal against Fulham.
Elsewhere, Sunday substitutes Seamus Coleman and Tim Cahill may get a start as Moyes will be keen to keep his small squad fresh ahead of Saturday’s visit of Manchester United.
Moyes may have a full squad to choose from unless there are any lingering knocks from Sunday’s game.
Drogba, Bosingwa and Ashley Cole are suspended while Raul Meireles is cup-tied having played in an earlier round with Liverpool.