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Preview: Everton v Chelsea

By | 26th October 2011

Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas acknowledges the need to focus on the derby clash against Arsenal in the league this weekend but in his selection for tonight’s Carling Cup fixture at Goodison Park, he will not compromise the club’s ambitions of competing on all fronts.

The Blues will be without the suspended trio of Ashley Cole, Jose Bosingwa, and Didier Drogba, while Ramires is out with injury and skipper John Terry is just one yellow card away from suspension.

Having lost their last derby to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road on Sunday, Chelsea understandably have one eye on the Gunners’ visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday but Villas-Boas has vowed to still field a competitive mix of youth and experience against the Toffees.

“We have trained two days with recovery sessions and everyone is in the right frame of mind. For sure they are not full of happiness in the camp after a defeat (controversial loss to QPR) but they are in the right frame of mind for training,” Villas-Boas told Chelsea’s official website.

The gaffer added: “Our challenge is to win the most amount of trophies possible so this is a game to win. On the bigger picture, Arsenal comes up after a Premier League defeat and we need a response, 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.”

On a different note, in response to the FA’s request to explain his outspoken criticism of referee Chris Foy after Sunday’s ill-tempered loss, Villas-Boas refused to retract his words, reiterating that the officiating criteria was not the same for both teams.

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