Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink has warned his team that Manchester City will still carry a threat even if they select some of their youngsters for Sunday’s FA Cup tie.
City travel to Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday in the Champions League and may choose to rest some of their regulars at Stamford Bridge.
They beat Aston Villa 4-0 in the last round, with 19-year-old Kelechi Iheanacho scoring a hat-trick, and Hiddink believes there is no such thing as a “weaker” City line-up.
He said: “If one, two or three young players are put in the squad, I bet they go for 120% of effort, so it’s not always a favour.
“[It’s] the same here. We have youngsters for instance like Bertrand Traore – he’s so ambitious, he’s training well, he’s learning every week.
“It’s not always in your favour. If you put one, two or three young players in you have an easier game, that’s not always true.”
Hiddink added he was an admirer of City boss Manuel Pellegrini’s approach and said they would present a danger to any side.
He warned: “They have the players who like to play the short game, which is very threatening.
“I love to see them playing when they are in full possession of the ball. They can outplay rather easily an opponent.”