Derby 1 Chelsea 3: Three talking points
Three talking points as Chelsea edge into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals
Buxton sees red
It was a dominant Chelsea display, going 2-0 up with goals from Eden Hazard and a great Filipe Luis’s free-kick. However, Derby pulled a goal back from a brilliant finish by Craig Bryson. The goal seemed to pile the pressure on Chelsea and the game wasn’t looking as comfortable for them as it had been throughout the match. The home crowd started to believe, and the Derby players’ spirits had clearly been raised. Unfortunately, Jake Buxton was awarded a red card after pulling Loic Remy. This was a very harsh dismissal as there wasn’t much contact at all. The Derby players and the Pride Park crowd were clearly very angry and disappointed at the decision, especially as momentum had just swung in their favour. A few minutes later, Andre Schurrle put Chelsea 3-1 up and the game was well out of sight for Derby. Would the Rams have managed to comeback or would Chelsea have held onto theiir lead if Buxton had not been sent off? That will be the big talking point.
Trophy hunting for Chelsea
Chelsea have booked their place in the last four of the League Cup after Tuesday’s win. They go into the semi-finals as clear favourites and will be confident that they can lift the cup. They will also be confident they can win the Premier League as they are three points clear at the top and have been fairly untroubled so far. Furthermore, they have a very tricky last-16 tie against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League but will feel confident they can go far in the most coveted competition in European football. How come this is the case? They have such strength in depth in their squad and only really Manchester City can argue that may be stronger. With players such as Petr Cech, Schurrle, Filipe Luis, Willian, Remy and Didier Drogba coming on from the bench, anyone related to the team can be confident they can have a successful season. They haven’t been getting any major injuries either, and if they can keep their key players fit throughout the season, they must be very confident.
Derby must remain positive
Derby must keep their heads held high despite defeat by Chelsea. Derby have a fantastic chance of promotion this season and they can’t let this defeat affect them in the future. They were unlucky to go down to 10 men, which effectively gave them no chance of getting back into the game. It was a spirited performance at 2-0 down and to halve the deficit shows they are a side with character. There are many positives to take for the remainder of the season. They should take this result positively and believe that they can battle and perform well against the best sides in this country. After all, they are third in the league and have a real good chance of performing week in week out against the best sides in English football. They must take everything one step at a time this season and focus on trying to achieve promotion into the Premier League.