Mourinho to give youth a chance this time around
At 2.0 on Wednesday, Jose Mourinho manages the first game of his new regime at Chelsea, nine years after he took the reins at the club for the first time with the same ambition to win everything, but a different way of going about it.
Chelsea beat Celtic 4-2 in Seattle in Mourinho's first game in charge, and the fact that two of the goals were scored by the Serbian striker Mateja Kezman demonstrates that first impressions could be misleading.
What is noticeable is how young this Chelsea squad is, relative to Mourinho's first spell in charge. Tomas Kalas, Josh McEachran, Marco van Ginkel, Kevin De Bruyne, Andre Schurrle, Romelu Lukaku, Sam Walker, Nathaniel Chalobah, Lucas Piazon, Islam Feruz, Jamal Blackman, Wallace and Bertrand Traore are all among those who have travelled or joined up subsequently.
Summer tours tend to provide game time for those who have struggled to get it in the regular season, but it is notable just how many young players Mourinho has selected. While many of them cost substantial fees, the emphasis on buying the best emergent talent rather than the established stars is evident in the current squad.
Looking at the group of new arrivals and academy boys it is certain that some of them will have to be sent out on loan this summer, but there remains a very good chance a few will be given an opportunity in the first-team squad when the season begins. (©Independent News Service)