Chelsea beat Lampard's Derby to reach League Cup quarters

Mae Harvey
November 2, 2018

When is Chelsea vs Derby County?

Lampard gave everything to Chelsea and they gave it back, in recognition of a career that yielded 211 goals in 648 appearances, saw him lift 11 major honours and nearly win the Ballon d'Or, coming second to Ronaldinho back in 2005.

When, after all, have Chelsea kicked off a tie with 13 of their own players on the pitch from the start, as well as their most prolific scorer overseeing the opposition from the dugout?

Tomori and Mason Mount were granted special dispensation to feature against their parent club, yet the Rams might have wished that was not the case when Davide Zappacosta's cross struck the former's standing leg and diverted in for the fifth-minute opener. It was an excellent cross from Zappacosta and if he wasn't there Morata would have scored.

Time is running out for both defenders to make a serious claim at Stamford Bridge this season and being overwhelmed by Derby at times won't help their argument. It's another huge contribution from a Chelsea loanee, but this time it's at the right end, as Mount finds space on the left and his sumptuous cross leaves Waghorn with a simple tap-in at the far post.

Former Chelsea FC forward Zola, who is now working as Maurizio Sarri's assistant manager at Stamford Bridge, is confident Hazard is nearing a return to first-team action. I thought they played really well today.

I'm not sure today, maybe tomorrow he is going to join us in training.' The Chelsea official website quotes us as saying.

Chelsea have won 11 of their past 12 home League Cup games against sides from outside of the Premier League, drawing the other 1-1 with Burnley in November 2008 before being eliminated on penalties.

Derby's midfield line of four - five when not supporting the pressure on Cahill - took station between Chelsea's two midfield units.

Two goals from Son Heung-min and a strike from Fernando Llorente gave Tottenham a 3-1 win against West Ham while Championship side Middlesbrough upset Premier league outfit Crystal Palace 1-0.

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.

Zola was unhappy with the way Chelsea finished the encounter, while he praised Frank Lampard's Derby.

Maurizio Sarri would still have been unimpressed at the lack of control his team had exerted in that frenetic period, though they had more authority thereafter and, certainly, more control of possession.

His position has recently come under threat from Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, with the former scoring in Chelsea's last three league games and Loftus-Cheek netting a Europa League hat-trick last week.

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