Big challenge for returning hero Lampard – Essien

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Big challenge for returning hero Lampard – Essien
Big challenge for returning hero Lampard – Essien

Michael Essien says eliminating Chelsea in the EFL Cup will be a tough ask for Frank Lampard and Derby County.

Frank Lampard's Stamford Bridge return in the EFL Cup with Derby County will be a big but difficult night, according to former Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien.

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For the first time in his fledgling managerial career, Lampard will be in the opposition dugout against the club where he won 11 major trophies - including three Premier League titles and the Champions League.

His Derby side booked their fourth-round berth with a penalty shoot-out win over Manchester United at Old Trafford, the Rams drawn against Chelsea in the subsequent draw.

Essien played alongside Lampard for the Blues and expects the 40-year-old to get a huge welcome from the fans, but does not expect another cup upset.


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"We all know what he did for Chelsea, he is a legend," he told Omnisport. "He's coming home so it will be a big night.

"I'm sure he's looking to win but it's not easy at Stamford Bridge."

Derby arrive at Stamford Bridge unbeaten in their last five Championship matches, a run that has included victories over promotion rivals Sheffield United and West Brom.

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Chelsea go into the tie having progressed from 18 of their last 19 EFL Cup matches against non-Premier League sides, and the Blues have won their previous eight home matches against the Rams.