Chelsea versus Nottingham Forest used to be a frequent fixture in the English calendar.

The two sides were regular rivals in the first division from the 1950s all the way through to the end of the millennium.

But their repeated meetings came to a halt when the gong sounded the arrival of the 2000s.

20 Feb 1999: Gianfranco Zola of Chelsea is challenged by the Nottingham Forest defence during the FA Carling Premiership match in Nottingham, England. Chelsea won the game 3-1. \ Mandatory Credit: Alex Livesey /Allsport

Forest were relegated from the Premier League in 1999, and failed to return to the promised land for the next two decades.

They finally reclaimed their spot amongst the 20 elite clubs in the country following promotion from the Championship last season.

But in between their exile and their eventual reinstation, their only meetings with Chelsea and other top flight sides occurred in the cup competitions.

Graham Potter and Steve Cooper were both in entirely different jobs the last time their current employers challenged one another.

Their squads are extremely different as well from that FA Cup encounter on the 5th of January 2020.

We have delved into the depths of this tie and dissected where the Chelsea team that was put out on that day are currently.

Goalkeeper: Willy Caballero (Southampton)

Willy Caballero was given a rare run out by Frank Lampard at Stamford Bridge that afternoon.

The veteran Argentine mainly played back up to Kepa Arrizabalaga, although was named Chelsea’s cup goalkeeper for the campaign.

He managed a clean sheet in the 2-0 victory, and would stay between the sticks all the way to the final.

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Edouard Mendy’s arrival that summer made Caballero surplus to requirements, so was allowed to join Southampton as a free agent.

He’s played just four times for the Saints and is yet to make an appearance this term.

Right-back: Reece James (Chelsea)

One of the few players still stationed at Cobham, Reece James will surely be a Blue for some time.

Although he is very much the present and the future, back in 2020, the defender was still determining himself as a Chelsea regular.

Lampard is the reason behind Reece’s rise, largely trusting him ahead of captain Cesar Azpilicueta.

Centre-back: Andreas Christensen (Barcelona)

Andreas Christensen was tipped to leave Chelsea long before he joined Barcelona in the latest warm weather transfer window.

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He was in and out of the XI under the Lampard, with his performances failing to impress.

Christensen was transformed when Thomas Tuchel took over, which made his move to La Liga and link up with Robert Lewandowski extremely frustrating.  

Centre-back: Fikayo Tomori (AC Milan)

Fikayo Tomori’s fortunes were turned upside down by the former Chelsea manager.

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Initially, it seemed Lampard had landed another academy graduate to call-upon when his senior stars were stuttering.

Yet, after a first season of such promise, Tomori was cast into the shadows in South West London and eventually sold to AC Milan.

Never mind, he soon won the Serie A title and is now regarded as one of England’s finest centre-backs.

Left-back: Emerson (West Ham)

Emerson Palmieri was a bit part player throughout his time at the Bridge.

His start against Forest was just one of 18 in 2019/20, actually amongst his best returns for the club.

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A few months after winning the Champions League, Emerson was loaned to Lyon and then signed permanently for West Ham United in August.

Midfield: Jorginho (Chelsea)

Credit to Jorginho, he just keeps going.

Despite constantly dividing opinion, the 31-year-old has remained an ever present for Chelsea across half a decade of service.

His contract might be running out, yet the Italian still has plenty to offer for the cause.

Midfield: Mateo Kovacic (Chelsea)

Whilst some fans might not be too sad to see Jorginho leave, almost all would shed a tear if Mateo Kovacic took flight.

He has evolved into arguably Chelsea’s best and most important component in the past few seasons.

This began during the 2019/20 chapter, where he was named the men’s Player of the Year.

Midfield: Ross Barkley (Nice)

Ross Barkley, remember him?

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The ex-England international did actually play 100 games and score 12 times for Chelsea before he joined Nice as a free-transfer in the summer.

One of those dozen goals came against Forest, a tap in from six-yards following up on a Callum Hudson-Odoi strike.

Right-wing: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Bayer Leverkusen)

Speaking of which, Hudson-Odoi was heavily involved in the victory over The Reds.

He opened the scoring after just six minutes with a low drive into the bottom corner.

As alluded to, his saved effort later in the half-allowed Barkley to add his name to the scoresheet.

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He and Hudson-Odoi would not get many more moments together on the field, however.

The young winger was sent off to Bayer Leverkusen on loan in the summer, where has enjoyed a productive spell in Germany.  

Striker: Michy Batshuayi (Fenerbache)

Chelsea are in need of a striker following the injury to Armando Broja, but clearly Michy Batshuayi is not the answer.

His outing against Forest was actually one of his last for the Blues.

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Batshuayi was loaned out to Crystal Palace and Besiktas ahead of finally being sold permanently to Fenerbache.

It’s actually worked out pretty well for the Belgian, who has 16 goals to his name for the Turks.

Left-wing: Pedro (Lazio)

Like Batshuayi, Pedro performed in front of the home crowd for one of the last occasions in this contest.

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The nifty attacker was sold to Roma at the end of that campaign, having been a Chelsea player since 2015.

Pedro then headed across town to Lazio the following term, where he currently plays under ex-Blues boss Maurizio Sarri.

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