Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho hinted yet again at his current frustration over the lack of new signings by asking the fans if they are ready to chase four major trophies with a bunch of teenagers.
The Portuguese coach has already been told not to expect any new arrivals during the transfer window and his unhappiness with the situation surfaced again prior to the Premiership clash with Wigan at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho called on the club's fans to rise to the challenge of helping the side overcome its problems by digging in at a time when their support is needed.
But he warned them they may have to watch 16 and 17-year-olds help them fight for glory in Champions League, FA Cup, Carling Cup and Premiership.
Mourinho asked: 'Are you up for the challenge? Are you up for the challenge of protecting our unbeaten home Premiership record which has stood since we came together?
'Are you up for the challenge of playing without the best goalkeeper in the world, the best central defender in the world, their deputies and more and still keep going for the Premiership title, the Carling Cup and the FA Cup with the Champions League to look forward to?
'That is what we have been doing. Are you ready to enjoy us playing with 16-year-olds and 17-year-olds and still be chasing these prizes?
'Are you ready to dig in during our most difficult hour and support, support and support?
'Recently, we have not always played well but have not lost. That is digging in.
'We are second in the league, we are in the last four of the Carling Cup and favourites to be in the final, in the last 16 of the Champions League and in the last 32 of the FA Cup.
'We have to progress. We have to move up. The players have to perform. They are good enough to win. The supporters have to perform, especially when the team needs them. The challenge is now.'