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Chelsea 3-2 Derby County | Frank Lampard's Side Challenge the Blues

Derby County pushed Chelsea and were definitely unlucky during their 3 – 2 loss against the West London Giants.


Frank Lampard and his Derby County team should pat themselves on the back as they made life miserable for Chelsea and never let the Blues take complete control of the game. Much like the League Cup encounter against Manchester United, Derby never played like a “Small Team” they were aggressive, Hungry and very very dangerous. Though the scoreline may suggest that Chelsea were clinical in front of Goal, such wasn’t the case, they may have got the win but Maurizio Sarri will be disappointed with his forwards who weren’t clinical on the day and had to bank on two own Goals from the opposition. 

The Chelsea Legend expectedly got the warmest Welcome any opposition Manager has gotten at Stamford Bridge. The game started in the most peculiar manner with Derby County scoring Four Goals in the first 30 Minutes and oddly enough scoring two own goals. Chelsea Loanee Fikayo Tomori had a nightmare start to the game as he gave his parent Club the advantage in the 5th Minute by putting the ball into his own net. Just a few minutes later Tomori Conceded a corner from just 5 yards out taking a deflection that came agonizingly close to the Goal and the Canadian International must’ve had his heart in his mouth. The Drama Continued as Jack Mariott Capitalised on Gary Cahill’s slip and found himself on Goal and tucked the ball away beautifully from Willy Caballero to make it 1-1 in the 9th Minute. 

A few moments later, Derby Striker Martyn Waghorn found himself dribbling with pace towards Caballero with a clear-cut one-on-one chance but the Forward seemed to have stumbled and almost outrun the ball. Derby would’ve been kicking themselves as they managed to concede another Own goal off of a Davidde Zappacosta cross. The Italian Full-back put in a searing low-cross which deflected off Richard Keogh to go straight past Derby Keeper Scott Carson. Chelsea were now 2-1 Up without scoring on their own. At the half-hour mark Derby yet again equalized this time Chelsea Loanee, Mason Mount found Martyn Waghorn with a low cross and Waghorn tapped in from Close range. The Craziness continued as Chelsea went ahead in the 41st Minute when Cesc Fabregas Tucked the ball in from Close range when Zappacosta’s deflection fell perfectly for the Spaniard. Though not convincingly, but the Blues went into half-time 3-2 up.

The scoreline at Half-time eventually turned out to be the Final score of the game but as Chelsea dominated large chunks of the game with their Possession based play, they never looked convincing as they couldn’t break past Derby’s defense and just weren’t clinical enough. Derby, on the Other hand, managed to do soo much with such less possession and were very dangerous on the Counter Attack and in the end, were unlucky with a few chances and on their day could’ve definitely forced penalties.

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