'Proud' Lampard appreciative of warm Chelsea reception

Derby put in an excellent display at Stamford Bridge, twice battling back from a goal behind in the first half before Cesc Fabregas grabbed what turned out to be the victor just before half-time.

Davide Zappacosta's cross deflected in off Tomori's standing leg as Chelsea took the lead.

"In fact I now have a problem because I can only select 11 players to start each game and so many of them are performing so well".

"Of course [Chelsea are] going to have the ball and control elements of the game but if you look at chances created, good ones, we had more".

Frank Lampard has said that he is disappointed that his Derby side were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by his former side Chelsea.

But we will see when the time comes that the Europa League ends for two months and there is a break in the EFL Cup [before the semi-finals should Chelsea get there].

"It wasn't easy for Mason Mount to come here against his parent club", continued Redknapp. "I joke because I'm proud", he told Sky Sports.

Lampard also conducted a post-match lap of the pitch to applaud the Chelsea supporters, who will always count him as one of their own, for their extensive support on the night.

The Rams might have even forced something more out of the game with a little element of luck, but it was just not meant to be for them on a night, where they will probably go down as one of the best teams to have been knocked out of the competition this year.

Having memorably beaten Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Chelsea fans perhaps had the comfort of knowing their admittedly weakened side should still have too much for the Championship club.

The only thing missing from Mount's performance was a goal - seeing a Lampard-esque effort from 25 yards deflect narrowly wide and another saved low down by Willy Caballero.

"I sort of slipped out the back door when I left".

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.

Chelsea are through, Mount and Tomori got some valuable big-game experience, and Stamford Bridge got to pay tribute to perhaps the club's biggest legend without the night being tainted by an upset defeat (just about).

Chelsea signed Kovacic on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day to bolster their midfield options. Unlucky Tomori. If you've watched him play a few times, you'd know he is better than Christensen.

Chelsea FC cemented their position in third place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC.

  • Steve Townsend