Derby boss Frank Lampard has talked up a potential ‘romantic’ clash with former club Chelsea in the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Lampard took over the reins at Pride Park at the end of May and has impressed in his first job in management, winning five of his opening seven games in charge in all competitions.
The Rams’ 4-0 thumping of Hull City in the second round of the League Cup on Tuesday night was their most emphatic win yet under Lampard’s stewardship.
Martyn Waghorn and Florian Jozefzoon got on the scoresheet before the break at the KCOM Stadium before Brandon Fleming’s own-goal and a composed finish from Chelsea loanee Mason Mount completed the rout.
Asked about a possible clash with Chelsea in the next round, Lampard told Sky Sports: ‘The big boys are coming in which will be a great test for us. It’s a competition we want to do well in.
It’s an obvious question for me [playing Chelsea], it would be nice. For the romantic link Chelsea would be a good one.’
Derby face Hull again in the Championship this weekend and Lampard urged his players to avoid complacency.
‘We will have to see, we will reflect on this one. It will be a completely different game,’ the former Chelsea midfielder said.
‘They will have a reaction. We can’t expect it to be 4-0.’