Chelsea had the tricky task of three matches in three different competitions this week but were victorious in all three.
The latter of which saw them progress into the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup, where they will face .
And, Joe Edwards’ under-21s side also had their own taste of cup advancement, having reached the knockout rounds of the Checkatrade Trophy for a second consecutive season.
Blues fan and Football Journalism student, Jonty Colman, looks at five major talking points from around the club from the past seven days.
Chelsea 3-1 BATE Borisov
Maurizio Sarri’s side made it three wins from three in the Europa League, beating Belarusian outfit BATE Borisov 3-1 at Stamford Bridge.
It was a historic night for young English midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who netted a first career senior hat-trick for the club to secure the victory.
He opened his account for the season in the second minute, when Davide Zappacosta’s low cross found the 22-year-old on the edge of the penalty area, who calmly stroked the ball past Denis Scherbitski.
Loftus-Cheek doubled the hosts’ advantage six minutes later, getting on the end of a Willian corner with an improvised finish.
The midfielder, who was making just his second start of the campaign, completed his hat-trick shortly after half-time with a curling effort from outside of the area that caught out Scherbitski.
BATE pulled a goal back in the final 10 minutes; Aleksey Rios evaded some poor marking to tap in Igor Stasevich’s free-kick at the back post, the first goal that Kepa Arrizabalaga has conceded in his Europa League career.
Chelsea are now six points clear at the top of Group L and they know that a win in the return fixture against BATE next week could seal their progression into the Round of 32 with two games to spare.
Loftus-Cheek’s stellar performance won him the official Europa League Player of the Round award.
Burnley 0-4 Chelsea
On Sunday, the Blues recorded their largest victory of the season, beating Burnley 4-0 at Turf Moor in the Premier League.
Alvaro Morata got the first of the afternoon for the Blues, as the Spaniard poked the ball home after Ross Barkley put him through on goal.
Barkley then got one for himself early into the second half, thunderously striking his shot low and past Clarets goalkeeper, Joe Hart.
Willian added a third soon after, with one of his trademark curlers from outside of the penalty area nestling into the bottom corner.
Substitute Loftus-Cheek got the fourth late on, finishing from close-range after Marcos Alonso’s backheel had been blocked and fell into his path.
The victory keeps Chelsea in third, but Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur both dropped points at the weekend against Crystal Palace and Manchester City respectively, keeping the Blues two points clear in the top three.
Chelsea 3-2 Derby County
Chelsea legend Frank Lampard took his Derby County side to Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup, who fell to a 3-2 defeat against the Blues.
The Blues took the lead early on when Davide Zappacosta’s cross was turned in by the Rams’ on-loan Chelsea defender, Fikayo Tomori.
Derby soon levelled, as a costly mistake from Gary Cahill gave Jack Marriott a golden opportunity to go through on goal and score.
Hosts Chelsea regained the lead in a similar fashion to their first midway through the opening half, only this time it was Rams captain Richard Keogh who was on hand to turn Zappacosta’s cross goalbound.
Fellow Blues loanee Mason Mount created the Rams’ second goal, with his cross towards the back post being turned in by Martyn Waghorn.
Cesc Fabregas got the winner for Maurizio Sarri’s side shortly before half-time, firing in his first goal of the campaign from just inside of the penalty area.
The reception given to Lampard from both sets of supporters was excellent, well-deserved and enjoyable to be a part of. Chelsea looked poor and Derby could have easily left Stamford Bridge with the win; Lampard should be proud with how his side performed on the night.
My thoughts of which can be seen below:
A very, very lucky night for Chelsea, Derby County should feel rather proud of themselves. My thoughts from a five-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge in the Carabao Cup during Frank Lampard’s homecoming. #Chelsea #CHEDER pic.twitter.com/qvGFoQWwGW
— Jonty Colman (@JontyC123) October 31, 2018
Cherries test in Carabao Cup quarters
Shortly after full-time, Chelsea were drawn at home to Bournemouth in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup.
These two sides faced each other at this stage last year, with the Blues earning a last-gasp victory thanks to Morata, before being eliminated in the semi-finals by Arsenal.
The tie will take place on the week commencing Monday 17th December.
Young Blues progress in Checkatrade Trophy
Chelsea Under-21s have progressed into Round Two of the Checkatrade Trophy after a convincing 5-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
Edwards’ side needed a win in their final Group C match of the Southern Section in Devon to seal their place in the next round, which they did with ease.
Charlie Brown, an own goal from Yann Songo’o, Martell Taylor-Crossdale, Faustino Anjorin and Daishawn Redan got the goals to put Chelsea into Round Two for the second consecutive season.
Other teams that they could come up against from the Southern Section in the next round include, Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers, Exeter City and Luton Town, with the other 11 teams yet to be decided.
Chelsea’s next match in this competition will take place on the week commencing Monday 3rd December.
That’s all for this week, tune in next Thursday, where I will be discussing Chelsea’s London derby with Palace and more, in the Stamford Roar!