Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Zola praises Mount, Tomori performances

Zola praises Mount, Tomori performances

Chelsea assistant and Lampard's former team-mate Zola was frustrated with the Blues' defensive efforts, but did concede that much of that was down to Derby's play.

The Blues edged past the EFL Championship outfit, who are led by club legend Frank Lampard.

Predicted Derby County XI: Carson; Bogle, Tomori, Keogh, Forsyth; Wilson, Huddlestone; Waghorn, Mount, Lawrence; Nugent.

It was every bit as "special" as Lampard had predicted, but also slightly surreal.

Despite the defeat that knocked them out of the competition, Lampard and his Derby County side can keep their head up high and brimming with pride as they put in a performance that was the flawless testament to their ambition under the new manager.

Mount has been one of the stars of the Championship so far and played a key role in Derby's shock win over Manchester United in the previous round of the Carabao Cup at Old Trafford.

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Maurizio Sarri would still have been unimpressed at the lack of control his team had exerted in that frenetic period, though they had more authority thereafter and, certainly, more control of possession.

He carried himself like a manager, and after the match he spoke like one too. I've got no bad feelings and I've got great relationships. To travel down in numbers, support the team in a hard game, I thank them.

Lampard also conducted a post-match lap of the pitch to applaud the Chelsea supporters, who will always count him as one of their own, for their extensive support on the night. "I'm a lucky man to get it both ends". "To deal with that, with all eyes on him at Chelsea, at his parent club, his recovery under that pressure was brilliant. He just said he's so proud of all of us, to come here and play the way we played, and we can leave here with our heads held high".

"We have two massive games coming up but we can never relax". What a pass. We go again.

Always positive, always looking forward with impressive energy and - unlike Lampard did in his playing days - often leading the line, Mount helped to suffocate Chelsea with a high press and forced mistakes, particularly from Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen. Derby assistant Jody Morris, victor of seven trophies in two seasons in charge of the Blues' under-18 and under-19 sides before leaving to team up with Lampard, also got his moment of appreciation at the final whistle.

Cesc Fabregas is hoping for more opportunities from Maurizio Sarri after ending Derby's Carabao Cup hopes with Chelsea's victor in a 3-2 victory at Stamford Bridge.

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