Chelsea Handed Tricky Premier League Test In Carabao Cup

Mount-ain and the Bridge

The Premier League giants moved into the Carabao Cup quarter-finals after the tight win at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

At 2-2 before the half-hour mark, the Rams' visiting fans were in fine voice but they were silenced once more just before half-time when Cesc Fabregas scored what would turn out to be the winning goal.

Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell.

They gave a good account of themselves in a breathless and evenly-matched first half, bouncing back from own goals by Fikayo Tomori and Richard Keogh to equalise twice through Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn.

Tomori and Mason Mount were granted special dispensation to feature against their parent club, yet the Rams might have wished that was not the case when Davide Zappacosta's cross struck the former's standing leg and diverted in for the fifth-minute opener. I turned round thinking we'd got the foul, then looked back and they were in our box. They were cancelled out by goals from Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn as Derby got back into contention in a insane opening 27 minutes.

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"I know it is hard mentally [not playing in the League], but after playing so many years, I think I can read a coach's brain easier", said Fabregas.

Zola was unhappy with the way Chelsea finished the encounter, while he praised Frank Lampard's Derby. "Especially towards the end", he said.

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.

"A lot was down to us".

"It was positive in some ways, but others didn't work properly".

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