Will Blues avenge harsh opening-day thrashing? Here is the stats you need to know about the recent rivalry
Frank Lampard was taught a harsh lesson back in August, but Wednesday’s Carabao Cup fourth-round tie, live on Sky Sports, provides an opportunity to show how far his side has come.
Lampard was in charge of Derby last season when his side knocked Manchester United out of the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage – a 2-2 draw before the Rams won 8-7 on penalties at Old Trafford.
His last meeting with the five-time League Cup winners was less enjoyable, however.
United were ruthless in a 4-0 win over Chelsea on the opening weekend of the season but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer does not expect a similar scoreline at Stamford Bridge.
Will Blues avenge harsh opening-day thrashing
Lampard’s Chelsea are on a seven-game winning run in all competitions, with youngsters Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori cementing their first-team positions after spending last season on loan.
“It is a very exciting team,” said Solskjaer. “Frank has got players that have been on loan for one or two seasons in the Championship.
“The difference between my youngsters is that they are almost stepping right now onto the scene.”
United inflicted a harsh lesson on Lampard in his first Premier League assignment as Chelsea head coach.
Marcus Rashford opened United’s account from the penalty spot on 18 minutes, but Chelsea struck the woodwork twice through Tammy Abraham and Emerson Palmieri before the end of a promising first half.
Chelsea had more chances and more possession but a combination of wastefulness in front of goal and defensive errors cost them dearly, as Anthony Martial doubled United’s lead and Rashford doubled his tally in the space of two second-half minutes.
Summer signing Daniel James came off the bench to complete the rout for Solskjaer’s side, who were guided to a first clean sheet of the season by assured performances from Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on their Premier League debuts for the club.
How Chelsea recovered
The 4-2 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor was a milestone result for Chelsea. The Blues have won four consecutive top-flight away games while scoring at least three goals in each match for the first time in their history.
Furthermore, Lampard’s young side have won their last six away games in all competitions – only once in their history have they won more consecutively on the road (seven between February and April 1989).
Chelsea sit fourth in the Premier League table with 20 points from their opening 10 games – and this has all been achieved without Eden Hazard, who was sold for £130m to Real Madrid last summer.
The Belgian had been the focal point of their play under Maurizio Sarri – and the 4-0 loss to United at Old Trafford indicated that Lampard would be in for a long, hard season without the ability to conduct any business in the transfer market.
But where other teams have struggled to replace the sale of a superstar, Chelsea have risen to the challenge. Mount was unfairly criticised in some quarters following his first Premier League start, but he has been a revelation since.
The 20-year-old has scored four league goals and created more chances (19) than any other Chelsea player – and the Blues now harbour realistic hopes of securing Champions League football next season via their league position.
“We’re improving, and that’s the main thing in football,” said Lampard at Tuesday’s press conference. “That’s what we’ve been striving for since the beginning of pre-season.
“The really pleasing thing is that we’ve seen good signs in those seven wins. There has been lots of things we like and lots of things where we know we can improve.
“I did expect high expectations anyway, because of the nature of Chelsea and managing this club. People do expect – transfer ban or no transfer ban.
“I don’t mind it and I’m used to it as a player. It’s a positive, and I would rather be managing expectation in this way than flipping it around.”
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