It ended in a 3-2 narrow win for Chelsea in our Carabao Cup Round of 16 clash against Frank Lampard’s Derby County at Stamford Bridge.
Here are 2 observations from the game:
CHELSEA’S SECOND STRING DEFENCE STRUGGLED:
In a lively and entertaining contest with all goals scored in the first half, the game was well-contested. In fact, the game seemed like the final itself as quick fire-backs was eminent. Chelsea’s concession of two goals was down to the struggles of our second string defence of Davide Zappacosta, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen and Emerson Palmieri. They all put in average performances that have certainly done no good to their chances of making it to the first eleven. Their lapses in concentration, positional play, defensive blocks and attacking forays were undeniably almost costly for Chelsea. Derby’s high pressing and marking caused serious panic among our defenders on show and that put the team in real danger. They were only spared their blushes thanks to Cesc Fabregas’ winner. More assured performances will be needed from the defence and the team if we are to win silverware this season.
FRANK LAMPARD AND DERBY IMPRESS:
Two quick-fire goals and a good team performance showed the great job Frank Lampard is doing at Derby. They gave Chelsea a run for their money and refused to be cowed by the Stamford Bridge vocal fans. Their high pressing game which unsettled our defence and their build-up play was laudable. With such a performance from his side, Lampard might have passed an audition of his managerial ability before the Chelsea powerbrokers. It would be no surprise if he is considered for the Chelsea managerial role in the future.
Let’s keep the blue flag flying high. Cheers!