Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted he will be more than ready to once again trust his young guns for the Champions League, which is set to return this week.
The club will be making a return to Europe’s top club competition with a home match against Valencia on Tuesday night, and Lampard is ready to keep faith with his crop of young players.
The Blues will face the Spanish side on the back of a stunning 5-2 away win over Wolves, with all the goals scored by the club academy graduates.
"I won’t consider age," he said ahead of the Valencia tie. "I don’t consider it because they’ve shown confidence, personality in the group. That's easy. I just pick them on merit,”
"Confidence and momentum is great. It’s not quite momentum yet but it is a good feeling to see the team play how they did. We need more clean sheets and we continually need to work on that,”
"The Champions League is the top club competition in world football and I’m sure Mason, Tammy, Tomori are all excited for it. All the players should be. I’m looking forward to it, my debut as a manager."
The club is set to welcome a host of key players, with N’Golo Kante, Pedro Rodriguez and Emerson Palmieri all expected to be fit.
Callum-Hudson Odoi and Reece James are also on the right path to recovery and will boost the squad when fully fit.