Why Chelsea's generosity to Frank Lampard may come back to haunt them

Ruben Holloway
November 1, 2018

Lampard's new side had his old side absolutely rattled for long periods here, with Mason Mount and Tom Huddlestone outstanding.

But Fabregas' goal proved the victor as he took advantage when the ball ricocheted kindly from Chelsea right-back Zappacosta, who was involved in all of their goals.

Chelsea were drawn against Bournemouth and will hist them in the next round of the Carabao Cup.

Lampard, who played with the likes of Cesar Azpilicueta, Willian and David Luiz during his Chelsea days expressed happiness with the performance of his Derby side.

Chelsea are through, Mount and Tomori got some valuable big-game experience, and Stamford Bridge got to pay tribute to perhaps the club's biggest legend without the night being tainted by an upset defeat (just about).

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A selection of Chelsea fans were delighted after they get to watch him up close against them and one even tipped him to replace Fabregas in the midfield. "He just said he's so proud of all of us, to come here and play the way we played, and we can leave here with our heads held high".

Zola defended the duo with regard to Chelsea's sloppy defending - but pulled no punches in his assessment of their poor distribution.

"My players had to do really selfless stuff".

Willy Caballero's sole appearance for the Blues this season came during Chelsea's 2-1 win over Liverpool in the third round of his competition.

Meanwhile Derby will be boosted by the availability of Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount for selection, but the latter could still miss out having picked up a minor foot injury against Middlesbrough at the weekend.

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Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent.

A near identical own goal - another Davide Zappacosta cross, this time sliced into his own net by Richard Keogh - restored Chelsea's advantage after 21 minutes.

Furthermore, the English midfielder has managed four goals in those two games, including a hat-trick against BATE at Stamford Bridge last week.

"It happens. If he hadn't touched that ball, [Alvaro] Morata would have scored a goal".

Son scored his first two goals of the season and another of Tottenham's forgotten men, Fernando Llorente, added one in a 3-1 win over West Ham in an all-Premier League London derby at the Olympic Stadium. But now they have gone out and they can concentrate on the Championship, which is what is so important now.

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I will keep fighting for the team because we have a great squad here and great staff to help us to learn and improve our game. I know I always have a good relationship with you but my feeling is not the best feeling.


Maurizio Sarri will not be happy with how much his second string were troubled by Derby's high press, particularly in a frantic first half.

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