Chelsea defeated Derby County 3-2 on Wednesday night, but it was a difficult game for Maurizio Sarri’s men at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea granted permission to Derby to feature youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount against their parent club, but Tomori’s evening got off to a disastrous start as he deflected Davide Zappacosta’s cross beyond Scott Carson to give Chelsea the lead five minutes into the game.
It was a bizarre evening for Tomori on his return to Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea defender David Luiz was seen giving him some counsel at the end of the game.
Chelsea plans were pleased with Luiz’s action and has hailed him to be captain material.
After the game, Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola both had words of encouragement for Tomori.
Lampard said of his performance: “It wasn’t great for Tomori in the first four minutes, but I thought his character was immense.
Zola added: “He [Tomori] has been unlucky, but the performance he put on was excellent. It happens and if he didn’t touch it then Morata was there to score.
“I have to say he played well, Mount was excellent. It looks like they are in good hands and the coaching they are getting is excellent.
“We always keep contact with them, we know everything about them and we hope they continue.”