Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Chelsea Handed Tricky Premier League Test In Carabao Cup

Chelsea Handed Tricky Premier League Test In Carabao Cup

"The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they get".

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Early in the game one of the midfielders would join the striker in covering and pressing Gary Cahill whenever Chelsea had the ball deep in their zone.

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.

Lampard also conducted a post-match lap of the pitch to applaud the Chelsea supporters, who will always count him as one of their own, for their extensive support on the night.

The lead was short lived as Mount laid on Martyn Waghorn's leveller after 27 minutes before Fabregas' victor.

Richard Keogh was credited with the 21st-minute own goal.

The decision to permit Derby to field the young loanees Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori had apparently not been made as a favour to this club's favourite son but was geared instead towards speeding the pair's development. He showed frustration at the goals his team conceded but, true to his word, declined to celebrate the ones they scored, settling instead for a silent, satisfied swig of water. It is because we believe in the end of the day is that Mason and Tomori, they grew up as players.

Chelsea had 70% of the possession but Derby were no bystanders with seven shots on target to the hosts' five.

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Ruben Loftus-Cheek starts, albeit in a more forward role on the wing, with Willian on the other side and Alvaro Morata upfront for Chelsea as they take on Derby County in the Carabao Cup.

And it proved to be the victor as the upright denied David Nugent late on and left Blues legend Lampard to contemplate the unusual feeling of a Stamford Bridge defeat.

Both Chelsea and Derby have enjoyed good starts under their new managers with the Blues now unbeaten in the Premier League and Derby sixth in the Championship.

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

However, a Cesc Fabregas strike just before the half time interval turned out to be the difference between the two sides, with the Premier League side edging through to the Carabao Cup quarter finals 3-2.

Key Stat: Chelsea (31) and Derby (30) have combined to score 61 goals in all competitions this season.

The Blues labored to get this victory in front of their fans thanks to Spanish football star Cesc Fabregas who scored the winning goal for Maurizio Sarri's men.

DF Davide Zappacosta, 6 - Provided two assists with unsafe crosses, though it's hard to know how much credit to give him when they both found Derby players.

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