Chelsea welcomed Frank Lampard back to Stamford Bridge as the Blues hosted Derby County in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup, and fans were treated to a thriller in a game Chelsea won 3-2.
Chelsea youngsters Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who are on loan to Derby both featured in this game, and it was an eventful one for them.
For Tomori, he got off to a nightmare start by putting Chelsea in front via an own goal, while Mount provided the cross for Martyn Waghorn’s goal in the first half.
Frank Lampard and Maurizio Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola both had words of encouragement for the two young players.
Lampard said of their performance: “It wasn’t great for Tomori in the first four minutes, but I thought his character was immense.
“This wasn’t a night for Mason to run it as he has in other games. I love his attitude and they both played superbly. Hopefully they will play lots for Chelsea in the future.”
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.”