Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Carabao Cup 2018-19, Chelsea 3-2 Derby County: 5 Talking Points

Carabao Cup 2018-19, Chelsea 3-2 Derby County: 5 Talking Points

Lampard took it all in his stride, of course, transitioning effortlessly from clapping the songs directed at him to vigorously applauding his Derby players as they hassled and harried Chelsea into defensive mistakes.

Derby equalised when Jack Marriott made the most of a slip-up from Chelsea defender Gary Cahill to finish calmly into the far corner, but fell behind again as Richard Keogh poked a Davide Zappacosta cross from the right into his own net.

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But the visitors played a full role in a frantic first half, looking sharp as they came forward and were back on level terms before Fabregas scored what turned out to be the decisive goal. That isn't normal. I did leave out of the back door here, and that was disappointing.

Chelsea ran out 3-2 winners in an entertaining Carabao Cup fourth round clash at Stamford Bridge, but Lampard's men were unlucky not to take the game to penalties.


"I respect this club, I don't have to talk about this club".

Speaking about the announcement, Zola told the assembled press: "I can tell you it's not that (Lampard)".

The match sees Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer Lampard return to Stamford Bridge for the first time as a manager, aided by former Blues midfielder Jody Morris. The Premier League is a different level.

Derby: Carson 6, Bogle 6, Keogh 5, Tomori 5, Malone 6, Huddlestone 8, Mount 7, Wilson 7, Waghorn 6, Marriott 7.

Part of the Blues' success has seen a small rise in the careers of English duo Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek, both of whom are thriving under Sarri in the Italian's left-sided midfield role, carrying some of the attacking burden of the team.


Chelsea - who made eight changes for the game but still fielded 11 internationals - were ahead again before the break, but it wasn't without controversy.

While remaining a star for South Korea, which he led to a gold medal - thereby earning exemption from military service - at the Asian Games in September, Son is no longer guaranteed a first-team place at Tottenham because of fierce competition up front. His forward runs were just as risky to Chelsea as to the opponents; both visiting goals came from the space vacated on his flank.

Yet while Derby were obliging, they always carried a potent threat of their own with Mount and Harry Wilson pesky. "So we didn't have control of the game".

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.

"His character was huge", Lampard said of Tomori.


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