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Big challenge for returning hero Lampard - Essien

02 November, 2018, 10:38 | Author: Rachael Silva
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It's hard to make a case for any of the fringe players given an opportunity here to start in the Premier League against Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Chelsea held on to deny Derby another shock win in this competition but it was still an emotional evening for Rams' boss Lampard.

It was always going to be about Frank Lampard, one of Chelsea's all-time greats, returning to this part of the capital where he is still revered by many as the greatest goal-scoring midfielder of his generation.

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.

When Richard Keogh repeated that trick later in the half, Scott Carson had actually conceded three own goals in succession, after Jayden Bogle put through his own net at Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Mount and Tomori are both on loan from Chelsea and Zola enjoyed the duo's performances.

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.

"It wasn't easy for Mason Mount to come here against his parent club", continued Redknapp.


The Italian admitted that Barkley was developing Lampard's goalscoring touch, but played down the comparisons, for the time being, saying: "I thought Frank Lampard getting in the box was exceptional".

Chelsea's loanees were involved in goals at both ends. "We have got to get back to the training ground and prepare for that". As a result, Chelsea have allowed Mount and Tomori to be available for selection by Derby to face them at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.

Cahill's future at Chelsea is being called into question and he certainly didn't perform with the consistency of old during the Derby game.

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.

Maurizio Sarri will not be happy with how much his second string were troubled by Derby's high press, particularly in a frantic first half.

Walking in through the front door is an altogether different experience, and one you sense that even Lampard - who has been back to Stamford Bridge many times since his retirement from playing - was a little unprepared for.

The visitors made several changes after losing to Manchester City in the Premier League at Wembley 48 hours earlier but managed to carve out a two-goal lead through South Korean Son.

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