Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has explained why he isn't giving his youngsters a regular game.

Many Chelsea fans would like to see some of the club's tyros, such as Romelu Lukaku and Josh McEachran, given a chance. Villas-Boas shook his head.

"Lukaku is competing against three of the best strikers in the world [in Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Fernando Torres]. Lukaku's looking good and strong and is a boy for the future. Josh's time [on the pitch] is maybe not up to his expectation but it's a question of them raising competitive levels.

"The philosophy is that. if young players survive in this environment with the best players in the world. they will be an amazing talent. And you have to tell me who is not at the top level?

"Terry? I don't agree that JT's form is bad."