Chelsea travel to Burnley on Sunday for a Premier League clash, but a lot of eyes at Stamford Bridge may already be on the Carabao Cup match just on the horizon.
Maurizio Sarri’s side host Championship outfit Derby County next Wednesday, who are managed by Blues legend and former midfielder Frank Lampard.
There is a strong connection between Chelsea and Derby this campaign considering the role of Lampard, as well as the fact that there are two players out on loan at Pride Park this season.
Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori are both currently working under Lampard’s tutelage with Derby, as they look to gain valuable first-team experience.
Chelsea have confirmed that they have given Derby permission to field both players against them, but could that come back to bite the Premier League side?
Sarri is likely to field a slightly weaker side in the cup considering their busy fixture list, but can’t afford to take Lampard’s side lightly and should be wary of in-form midfielder Mount.
The Rams have already knocked out Manchester United en route to the last 16 of the cup and have some extremely young talented individuals.
Chelsea’s on loan midfielder Mount could be the pick of the bunch and many feel at Stamford Bridge he’s destined for their first team.
The central midfielder has scored five goals in 17 appearances across all competitions so far this campaign and loves to drive forward into attack.
Mount, 19, would certainly love to grab the attention of Chelsea and there would be no better way than to become a match-winner next week.
He certainly has the technical ability to cause Sarri’s side problems and the club could end up regretting their decision to let him play.