Frank Lampard’s Derby Puts Up Valiant Effort but Chelsea Win 3-2

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Chelsea welcome back a club legend in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday evening when Frank Lampard and his Derby County side head to Stamford Bridge, but the Blues will be without their superstar Eden Hazard.

"I'm so proud of my Derby County players", Lampard told Sky Sports. This could be the first game of many [for them] at Chelsea.

That was the view of Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola, who faced the media ahead of the game, and provided an update on the progress of the Belgian. He was one of the first players I analysed and I said 'this player is for us'.

Chelsea FC cemented their position in third place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC. It is because we believe in the end of the day is that Mason and Tomori, they grew up as players.

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.

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Attention now turns back to league action this weekend and the manager wants his side to continue the good form built up. Buoyed by his side's win on penalties at Old Trafford against his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the previous round, he was dismayed to witness the errors from his side, which made their task all the harder.

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

Yet for all their slick approach play, Derby's defence was constantly on edge, particularly with Ruben Loftus-Cheek at his rampaging best. That's why he scored so many goals.

You'd have to go back to 2008 to find the last time the pair faced off at Stamford Bridge, a Premier League fixture. He offered plenty of bite and might even have provided a lead with a cleverly clipped pass which freed Martyn Waghorn, only for the lumbering No 9 to panic in front of goal and stumble as he poked a shot straight at Caballero. But now they have gone out and they can concentrate on the Championship, which is what is so important now.

The only thing missing from Mount's performance was a goal - seeing a Lampard-esque effort from 25 yards deflect narrowly wide and another saved low down by Willy Caballero.