Eden Hazard on course for Chelsea return vs. Crystal Palace

Frank Lampard with the Champions League trophy

Frank Lampard with the Champions League trophy

Manager Frank Lampard again hailed the attitude of his players this evening as his Derby County side gracefully bowed out of the Carabao Cup at the Fourth Round stage. Marriott slips through Nugent and his shot from an acute angle beats Caballero but cannons off the post and bounces back to into the safe arms of the Chelsea goalkeeper.

It is pretty obvious that Derby securing loans from Chelsea for Mount and Tomori was due to Lampards connections to the club, but the former midfielder has proved it was not for kicks as his side have been impressive in the Championship so far.

DF Andreas Christensen, 6 - Unsettled by the speed and ferocity of Derby's pressing, he played his way into trouble a few times in a manic first half.

Pulis managed Palace for eight months in the 2013-14 season, helping keep the team in the Premier League.

Chelsea are through, Mount and Tomori got some valuable big-game experience, and Stamford Bridge got to pay tribute to perhaps the club's biggest legend without the night being tainted by an upset defeat (just about).

Eden Hazard will not feature for Chelsea against Derby County in the Carabao Cup but is "much better" and should return to full training on Wednesday, according to assistant manager Gianfranco Zola.

Both Chelsea and Derby have enjoyed good starts under their new managers with the Blues now unbeaten in the Premier League and Derby sixth in the Championship.

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21' - OWN-GOAL! Chelsea 2-1 Derby: Dear, oh dear!

On Tuesday, Burton Albion and Bournemouth booked their places in the quarter-finals while Premier League leaders Manchester City play Fulham on Thursday. As a result, Callum Hudson-Odoi could be trusted with a start with Willian needing a rest after starting the past nine games in all competitions. Subs: Forsyth 5, Bennett 5, Nugent 6.

And it is this game from which Derby can gain confidence, with the Blues switching off defensively at times. 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.

"We have two massive games coming up but we can never relax".

Lampard scored a club record 211 goals in 648 appearances and 13 years at Chelsea, but left when his contract expired in June 2014 without having the chance to say goodbye.

Also combined well with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Zappacosta on the right.

The only thing missing from Mount's performance was a goal - seeing a Lampard-esque effort from 25 yards deflect narrowly wide and another saved low down by Willy Caballero.

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