Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Why Chelsea's generosity to Frank Lampard may come back to haunt them

Frank Lampard with the Champions League trophy Frank Lampard played 649 games at Chelsea scoring 211 goals and won the Champions League with the Blues in 2012
Domingo Copeland | 01 November, 2018, 11:28

Lampard's side gifted Chelsea two own goals in the first-half but twice levelled proceedings before Cesc Fabregas netted the victor before half-time.

Lampard is arguably the greatest player ever to pull on a Chelsea shirt.

Chelsea fans welcomed Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge.

Yet for all their slick approach play, Derby's defence was constantly on edge, particularly with Ruben Loftus-Cheek at his rampaging best. It was hard for us to play out. Even though we gave poor goals away, we earned goals through our character and we got back into the game. "We want to try to win it so we will take it seriously". Derby will make a better go of this than many think, but in the end Chelsea's current midfield form will continue.

"In the future it does not mean we will keep doing that", Zola added. There will be a lot at stake.

The Belgium global, who leads the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals in nine games this season, was not involved in Chelsea's 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday due to a back injury sustained against Manchester United.

"But there will also be a psychological component". His range of passing was very impressive and he worked tirelessly to win the ball back for his team. "It will give them a good test".

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Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent.

Like Lampard, Zola is regarded as a Chelsea legend, and was at the club when the former England worldwide signed for £11 million from West Ham United in 2001.

The former England global has called time on his playing career and is now leading Derby towards a promotion push in the EFL Championship.

'I thought they did really well, ' Loftus-Cheek told Chelsea's official website.

7 - Sarri gave many of his frustrated reserves an opportunity and was nearly let down, but deserves credit for whatever he said at half-time.

"I'm disappointed. I think we deserved a draw on chances created", said Lampard, whose side knocked out Manchester United in the previous round. I know from the beginning he had this ability.

"I came across him [Mount] when I first came here", Zola said. Gianfranco Zola afterwards played down the notion that Chelsea's edge had been blunted by playing in a stadium chanting for the opposition manager, instead crediting Lampard's game plan of blocking passes into Cesc Fabregas and forcing those behind him into uncomfortable decisions. Having Jody [Morris] who has experience at youth teams is important. Like for example, [Gus] Poyet, [Gianluca] Vialli, [Roberto] Di Matteo, you could see they would be it if they wanted. "We change all the time but he had the right attributes". It was early days.

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