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Ancelotti to take full advantage of Chelsea squad depth

Carlo Ancelotti is ready to utilise the depth in his Chelsea squad and will use the Carling Cup to blood his youngsters before welcoming back England men John Terry and Frank Lampard against Manchester City at the weekend. The Blues are entering a period where they play two games per week and Ancelotti is ready to use all his resources.

"We will need to use all of our players," said Ancelotti. "The squad is so strong that we can change players to offer something different to the team or change the shape if we want to.

"We want to show, during this season, that we can adapt to any game - this can be our strength."

But victories over West Brom, Wigan, Stoke, West Ham and Blackpool have hardly stretched Chelsea and Ancelotti accepts their biggest test so far will come against City in the Premier League at Eastlands on Saturday.

"It is important to have confidence in our play - we have that," said Ancelotti.

"We know the next game in the league will be more difficult.

"It is an important test for us next week but it is also an important test for them. We have not played against the top teams but we are playing well. It is necessary for us to do it against the top teams."

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