Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard against Derby County on Wednesday

Chelsea will be without Eden Hazard against Derby County on Wednesday

From his appearance in the visiting dugout to his lap of appreciation after the final whistle, Derby County's manager was serenaded with chants of "Super, super Frank" and "He's won it all".

Hazard, who scored a sensational victor against Liverpool in the last round, has missed each of Chelsea's last two games against BATE Borisov and Burnley as a result of a back injury thought to have been suffered after some rough treatment at the hands of Manchester United.

Gianfranco Zola has insisted Chelsea's decision to allow on loan pair Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to play against them for Derby on Wednesday night is not only down to Frank Lampard. "But why not? Hopefully they won't celebrate too much".

Maybe the gloriously frantic nature of this contest, with its barely conceivable subplots and storylines, could have been predicted.

I don't think he is going to be involved in the game tomorrow, but he is looking quite good for the weekend.

"I'm so thankful to the Chelsea fans". It was that kind of occasion.

Tomori and Mason Mount were granted special dispensation to feature against their parent club, yet the Rams might have wished that was not the case when Davide Zappacosta's cross struck the former's standing leg and diverted in for the fifth-minute opener.

Tomori's test was enhanced when he diverted an innocuous Zappacosta cross into his own net after mis-kicking an attempted clearance. This was not how he had envisaged scoring his first Chelsea goal in front of the Shed End.

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This is actually the truth, Man Utd so far have conceded just three goals in 10 matches, Liverpool have conceded four while Chelsea have conceded seven.

The inexplicable error was quickly forgotten as Marriott, a scorer against United, capitalised on Gary Cahill's slip to drive an unerring low finish across Willy Caballero.

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.

That goal was assessed by the VAR and permitted to stand.

"To come here in front of all the fans, all of the Derby fans were unbelievable tonight as they always are".

Carson saved Morata's header from Willian's corner and Derby had two chances to level in quick succession. But he keeps his nerve, slotting the ball past Caballero with a low shot.

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.

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