Fabregas scores as Chelsea beat Derby County to reach Carabao Cup quarterfinal

Fabregas scores as Chelsea beat Derby County to reach Carabao Cup quarterfinal

Fabregas scores as Chelsea beat Derby County to reach Carabao Cup quarterfinal

Zola also had kind words for Chelsea loanee Mason Mount, who will play against his parent club for Derby at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

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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.

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Showing some serious fight, however, Derby County quickly equalised after the initial blunder; Jack Marriot finishing the chance well. Mount endured no such humiliation, instead building on a slightly over-eager start to provide an impressive assist and help power Derby's late surge. Ireland's Richard Keogh would commit a pretty horrendous error of his own shortly thereafter.

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Lampard's side were able to win the ball high up the pitch and produce direct possession to their pacey wingers, who caused all kinds of problems for Chelsea's second string defence. "The coaching they're getting is excellent".

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.

"I thought the lads were absolutely fantastic", Waghorn told RamsTV. Lampard's last two Chelsea games against Fabregas were the semifinals of the 2011/12 Champions League, after Fabregas had returned to Barcelona.

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But Fabregas' goal proved the victor as he took advantage when the ball ricocheted kindly from Chelsea right-back Zappacosta, who was involved in all of their goals.

The 40-year-old former England midfielder received a rapturous reception on his first return to Stamford Bridge as a manager, soaking up the atmosphere before kick-off.

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.

Derby's midfield line of four - five when not supporting the pressure on Cahill - took station between Chelsea's two midfield units.

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.

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

However, that doesn't necessarily mean that Maurizio Sarri will be playing the same starting XI and certain squad members certainly came in for criticism after their Derby performance.

"I still believe in myself a lot and think I can add so much to this team", Fabregas said.

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.

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