Predicted line-up against Derby County: Ruben Loftus-Cheek to continue recovery?
Frank Lampard’s return to Stamford Bridge has brought about quite the dilemma for Chelsea fans.
On one hand, they want their team to do well in the EFL Cup, as a cup run would be great for Maurizio Sarri’s first season.
But Chelsea fans have been keeping a close eye on the clubs top goal-scorer’s success as Derby manager.
Lampard’s debut appearance as a manager will receive a warm reception from the fans, with many experiencing conflicting emotions.
So ahead of tonight’s game, let’s have a look at some of Sarri’s selection decisions:
Hudson-Odoi to get first start?
Although he hasn’t featured much, Callum Hudson-Odoi is loved by Chelsea fans.
The 17-year-old has played just once so far this season, but has showed huge talent when handed the opportunity.
And with Lampard’s record of taking Chelsea youngsters on loan – Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori for example – Hudson-Odoi will be looking to impress.
With Sarri likely to rest Eden Hazard, there should be a spot open for him.
Midfield rejig on the cards?
With Jorginho and N’Golo Kante likely to be rested, there are spots open for squad players to shine.
Cesc Fabregas will likely replace Jorginho, and Ross Barkley could also be rested due to good form with the first team.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek could start as a result and Mateo Kovacic could play to try to play himself into form.