Frank Lampard is relishing a “very special” return to Stamford Bridge as Derby County manager.
The Rams were drawn to play Chelsea in the Carabao Cup fourth round, a reward for beating Manchester United at Old Trafford in round three.
Lampard spent 13 years at the Blues as a player, and is the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 211 in 649 appearances.
“It will be very special to go back to Stamford Bridge,” Lampard told dcfc.co.uk. “It was my home and my club for 13 years and the opportunity to go back and see the fans and the people behind the scenes is an incredible occasion for me.
“It’s a club that took me in. I moved across London from a so-called rival and they took me in instantly.
“I was fortunate enough to spend successful years there and it was a family. It still feels that way but the club moves on.”
Derby upset the odds in round three by beating Manchester United on penalties, having drawn 2-2 at Old Trafford in normal time.
Lampard hopes the players show the same application at Chelsea.
“It’s a nice occasion for me,” he added. “It’s a nice story and nice emotions around it personally, but the great test is for the players.
“We came through the Manchester United game so well with a mixture of the younger players and the experienced players and to go and perform at Old Trafford like we did is a credit to them.
Frank Lampard celebrates after Derby County’s dramatic win over Hull City in the Sky Bet Championship
“It’s a similar occasion for them to go to Stamford Bridge and give a good account of ourselves whatever the result may be.
“It’s a very tough game for us to win again, but I think the test for the players against such a fantastic team is going to be a great one for them.”
The Rams will head to west London in the week commencing October 29.