Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Nightmare defending denies Lampard on Chelsea homecoming after five-goal thriller

Nightmare defending denies Lampard on Chelsea homecoming after five-goal thriller

The Belgium global, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals in nine games this season, was not involved in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday due to a back injury sustained against Manchester United.

"More than a little bit [shaky], to be honest".

The duo were granted special permission to play against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup, though were on the receiving end of a 3-2 defeat despite a spirited showing.

Ahead of kickoff, banners with the words "GOAL AFTER GOAL, GAME AFTER GAME" and "FOREVER A BLUE, ALWAYS A LEGEND" flanked a giant image of Lampard in the Matthew Harding Stand, emblazoned with the number 211 - his peerless goal tally for Chelsea. Olivier Giroud will finally break his duck and grab a couple of goals before a late flourish ends Derby's run. He then watched the man who replaced him at the club, Cesc Fabregas, emulated the type of strike that he made his name with to make it 3-2 before half-time.

However, following the game, Lampard had nothing but love for his players who put in a shift for the Rams but unfortunately came up short.

Coming only a matter of days after Lampard was left fuming after Jayden Bogle scored an equally ridiculous own-goal, this Tomori one will take some beating.

He carried himself like a manager, and after the match he spoke like one too. But I walked in the front door here and got that.

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Meanwhile, previously had reported that Chelsea fans have taken a swipe on former goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who dumped the Blues for Real Madrid in the summer, after conceding five times against Barcelona in Sunday's El Clasico at the Camp Nou. We're working hard to be successful as a club.

He added: "I slept well last night".

Those around him didn't deal with it so well.

"We believe the experience of facing top-level opposition once more will be of benefit to their on-going development at Derby", read a statement on Chelsea's website. "I spoke with the doctor for a few seconds and he said it was a very strong stomach ache", Sarri said after the game aft Turf Moor. "It will give them a good test". Oh so, so close for Derby! "Not every game is at Stamford Bridge in front of this and on TV but every game is as important for us now so we must focus on the league".

Derby manager Lampard, who enjoyed 13 hugely successful years as a Chelsea player, watched his side put up a fearless fight against their Premier League opponents, twice levelling the match after calamitous own goals.

Chelsea will be looking to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup when they welcome Frank Lampard's Derby County to Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

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