Chelsea beat Lampard's Derby in League Cup thriller

Dean Simpson
November 2, 2018

The Belgian has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season, sitting atop the scoring charts with seven goals in nine matches.

Incredibly, this wasn't to be the end of Derby County's bad-luck.

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.

The Croatian has started six times in the league so far and his inclusion has limited the playing time of Loftus-Cheek, who vowed to stay and fight for his place after impressing on loan at Crystal Palace last term.

"In the first half we had opportunities to take the lead, myself included, and in the second half, late on, we dug in, hit the post and goes back into the goalkeeper's hands and Jack's had a couple of chances".

The Belgium global came off the bench at Anfield in the previous round to score a wonder goal and set up the tie with the Rams, but he will not be repeating those heroics.

At some point, this fixture felt more like a celebration than just a cup tie with the number of extravagant storylines and nearly comical subplots that had unfolded before our eyes at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's loanees were involved in goals at both ends.

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

Every loose ball they chased, the players played for each other and never stopped believing they could get back into the match.

It's sure to be an emotional night for the former midfielder - who made 648 appearances for Chelsea during a 13-year career at Stamford Bridge - but Lampard insists he's relishing the prospect of pitting his wits against the Blues.

The rams now look to complete there return in to the premier league this season.

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

Derby's midfield line of four - five when not supporting the pressure on Cahill - took station between Chelsea's two midfield units. His range of passing was very impressive and he worked tirelessly to win the ball back for his team.

This was Lampard's first defeat at Stamford Bridge as either a player or manager since September 2013 when Chelsea lost 2-1 to Basel in the Champions League.

Frank Lampard described himself as a "lucky man" after receiving a hero's reception on his first visit to Chelsea as an opposition manager.

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