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Cesc Fàbregas victor lifts Chelsea to deny Frank Lampard’s Derby

01 November 2018

Despite the defeat that knocked them out of the competition, Lampard and his Derby County side can keep their head up high and brimming with pride as they put in a performance that was the ideal testament to their ambition under the new manager. To add to the confusion of allegiances, Marriott is a long-standing Chelsea supporter who, he had freely admitted, was living the dream by playing for Lampard at Stamford Bridge.

The 19-year-old has dazzled in the Championship so far this campaign in Lampard's team and is being tipped to become a future first teamer with Chelsea.

"That was the best moment of the game", one fan wrote.

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.

"Frank Lampard Absolute Class as a player".

As former Chelsea and Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri looked on from the stands, there was a minute's applause before kick-off in tribute to Leicester's late Thai owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, killed in a helicopter crash on Saturday. Tidy as ever but a lack of final-third impact is what has allowed Ross Barkley to jump ahead of him and, judging by the persistent chants of "Shoot!" from Stamford Bridge, is becoming more of an issue for fans too.

Following the game, Lampard expressed his disappointment at failing to find a way past Chelsea, but thanked fans for their support on the night.

"Frank will be devastated that they've lost the game but now they can have a rest and go again in the league".

"I joke because I'm proud". We believe that by playing against us is an opportunity for them to grow up quicker.

"I respect this club, I don't have to talk about this club".

"Some things didn't work well, some did".

"My players had to really selfless stuff".

Controversy surrounded what turned out to be the winning goal for Chelsea. "I think we deserved a draw on chances created".

Buoyed by his side's win on penalties at Old Trafford against his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in the previous round, he was dismayed to witness the errors from his side, which made their task all the harder.

"If we play like that we will win games".

That could well be the biggest hurdle facing Mount in his hopes of making the Chelsea first-team when he returns from loan.

"There were a couple of big moments at the end when Richard Keogh and David Nugent almost scored, but he'll be so proud of his team with the way they played and the way they passed the ball", Redknapp told Sky Sports.

Cesc Fàbregas victor lifts Chelsea to deny Frank Lampard’s Derby