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I'm not sure today, maybe tomorrow he is going to join us in training.' The Chelsea official website quotes us as saying.

But Cesc Fabregas slotted home four minutes before half-time for what proved to be the victor.

Chelsea have played more one-sided matches in the Premier League and Europe this season and Lampard and his coaching team, which includes Jody Morris and Chris Jones - who signed from Chelsea in the summer - can hold their heads up high.

MF Cesc Fabregas 6 - His long-range passing was off and he was caught out for Derby's first goal, but timed a run into the penalty area perfectly to score Chelsea's crucial third goal with their first shot on target.

Lewis Wing grabbed the only goal in first-half injury time with a swerving shot from long range. Chelsea won 6-1 on that occasion as the Rams were on they way back down to the Championship.

"But also, Chelsea can win because they can see how their players are getting on", he explained.

The first was from the Rams' on-loan Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, who played against his parent club along with Mason Mount, and the second by Richard Keogh.

Frank Lampard can be proud with the way Derby performed at Chelsea despite being beaten 3-2 in their Carabao Cup tie, according to Jamie Redknapp.

In his programme notes before the game, the Italian acknowledged that he has so many players performing well that it is becoming hard to narrow them down to a starting XI.

The Rams nearly forced the game into penalties when David Nugent, who came on as a second-half substitute, thought he had scored but saw his shot rebound off the inside of the post.

Chelsea: Caballero 6, Zappacosta 7, Cahill 5, Christensen 5, Emerson 6, Kante 6, Fabregas 7, Kovacic 6, Loftus-Cheek 8, Morata 5, Willian 7.

Gianfranco Zola afterwards played down the notion that Chelsea's edge had been blunted by playing in a stadium chanting for the opposition manager, instead crediting Lampard's game plan of blocking passes into Cesc Fabregas and forcing those behind him into uncomfortable decisions.

Lampard, now a manager, returned to Chelsea with his second-tier team Derby County and was trying to take down the club where he is the all-time top scorer with 211 goals after a trophy-laden 13-year spell.

"I think we deserved a draw but I'm not upset at all". It is because we believe in the end of the day is that Mason and Tomori, they grew up as players. Then there will only be games in the Premier League [for a few weeks].

Furthermore, the English midfielder has managed four goals in those two games, including a hat-trick against BATE at Stamford Bridge last week.

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