Cesc Fabregas Starts - Chelsea Team vs Derby Confirmed

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Chelsea - who made eight changes for the game but still fielded 11 internationals - were ahead again before the break, but it wasn't without controversy.

"It happens. If he hadn't touched that ball, [Alvaro] Morata would have scored a goal".

He said: "Gary played for the first time in a while".

Lady Luck fails to shine on returning Lampard's fearless and battling side.

But Chelsea fans have been keeping a close eye on the clubs top goal-scorer's success as Derby manager.

After Derby beat Manchester United on penalties in the League Cup third round, the draw provided another chapter of the Frank Lampard-Chelsea story.

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The last time Frank Lampard walked onto the Stamford Bridge pitch in away colours, he was booed.

Chelsea FC cemented their position in third place in the Premier League table and are two points adrift of leaders Manchester City and Liverpool FC. "The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they get".

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another player Southgate was watching, tumbled over the advertising hoardings after a shoulder-to-shoulder with Scott Malone and that might have subconsciously influenced referee Jon Moss in not awarding Derby a free-kick when Zappacosta and Tom Lawrence had a similar physical challenge on the touchline.

Sarri needed to throw the big guns of Pedro, David Luiz and Cesar Azpilicueta on in the second half to tiresome Derby's resistance, acknowledging the danger posed by the Championship's sixth-placed club.

"This wasn't a game for Mason to run because he's against Chelsea, against [N'Golo] Kante, [Mateo] Kovavic and Fabregas", Lampard added.

Chelsea's loanees were involved in goals at both ends. Zappacosta whips a nothing cross in, the young centre-back slices his clearance and unfortunately it ends up in the back of his own net.

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Mount would see a shot deflected just wide, while Caballero palmed up Marriott's shot with the ball looping up on to the roof of the net.

Ten-man Arsenal were made to sweat by League One Blackpool before eventually emerging 2-1 winners, with goals from Stefan Lichtsteiner and Emile Smith-Rowe.

The goalkeeper would be handily placed to deny Keogh and Mount in what time remained, but it was Nugent, wrestling himself clear of Cahill, who might have provided the equaliser's Derby's infectious enthusiasm arguably deserved.

Chelsea are still unbeaten in domestic competition this season, and despite their potential absentees they will be looking to come through against Derby and move into the quarter final of the competition.

GK Willy Caballero, 6 - Could do nothing about either of Derby's goals, but his distribution was poor and nothing about him inspired confidence in his defenders.

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