Predicted line-up against Derby County: Ruben Loftus-Cheek to continue recovery?

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Maurizio Sarri has surprised people again, this time by naming a rather first-choice midfield. The more they play against Premier League teams the more experience they get and we can make better evaluations on them. "But why not? Hopefully they won't celebrate too much". When, after all, have Chelsea kicked off a tie with 13 of their own players on the pitch from the start, as well as their most prolific scorer overseeing the opposition from the dugout?

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Yet while Derby were obliging, they always carried a potent threat of their own with Mount and Harry Wilson pesky. Made a big save to preserve Chelsea's lead in the final minutes though.

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The Blues progressed to the quarter-finals of the competition with a hard-fought win over Championship outfit Derby at Stamford Bridge.

Danish defender Christensen was replaced by David Luiz in the second half and Zola admitted both he and Cahill struggled.

Derby responded once more.

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Jack Marriott and Martyn Waghorn scored the goals for Derby, with Cesc Fabregas scoring the victor just before half-time. Marriott and Martyn Waghorn managed to get in behind him early and often.

"I'm excited for the game and looking forward to seeing 40,000 "friends" in the stadium".

Assistant manager Gianfranco Zola stated that Olivier Giroud could miss the clash through injury, leaving Chelsea's only senior striker available as Alvaro Morata, who has scored in three of his last four club appearances.

"But there's one thing maybe above everything else - he's learning, but he now doesn't try to play the killer, world cup ball every time he gets it".

He put Spurs ahead after 16 minutes with a left-foot shot into the top corner from just inside the area after fine build-up play involving Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. He was getting better but there is still a little problem so we don't know.

Chelsea are heavy favourites to beat Derby in 90 minutes on Wednesday, but the best bet could be for the Blues to go through while also conceding. A meaningful end product, however, eluded him.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek, another player Southgate was watching, tumbled over the advertising hoardings after a shoulder-to-shoulder with Scott Malone and that might have subconsciously influenced referee Jon Moss in not awarding Derby a free-kick when Zappacosta and Tom Lawrence had a similar physical challenge on the touchline.

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