Jose Mourinho talks bringing through young players ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek debut

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The Chelsea boss insists he has brought through some great talent in his time.

With Chelsea already through as group winners in the Champions League the chance is afforded to Jose Mourinho to give some of his regular players a rest in the game with Sporting Lisbon this evening.

Mourinho has already confirmed that the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be featuring in the game and that John Terry, Eden Hazard and Willian are all on holidays. There will likely be an appearance for Petr Cech and Andreas Christensen will also hope to see some game time.

For many it seems foreign that Mourinho would be giving youngsters a chance.

Since leaving Porto, and in some way whilst he was there, he has always had plenty of money to buy the players he needs to fill certain positions. Undoubtedly he has done that, but he also has a good record of bringing through young players - especially in the Champions League.

It was a record he defended, and made clear, during his press conference yesterday. He even cited several examples of when he has given young talents a chance to shine:

"I think at almost every club I gave chances to young people, Carlos Alberto at Porto is still the youngest player to score a goal in a Champions League semi-final.

"At Inter, [Davide] Santon, now at Newcastle, is in a difficult moment because of injuries but he played at Old Trafford against Manchester United at 17, also in the Champions League. Real Madrid have [Raphael] Varane, who played for me at 18 in the Champions League against Manchester City, [Dominic] Solanke is the youngest player to play for Chelsea in the Champions League and tomorrow Ruben will."

Mourinho makes some good points, although the career of Alberto did not go the way many expected. But Santon and Varane are established names now, despite injury troubles, and as for Solanke, his journey is about to begin, just like Loftus-Cheek's.

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