Date: 1st November 2018 at 7:32am
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Wednesday night, down at Stamford Bridge, proved to be an emotional occasion.

The return of Frank Lampard, to his old stomping ground, but in a managerial capacity, made the hairs stand up on the back of the neck.

Thankfully, a Chelsea side that had eight changes to the side that had won at Burnley at the weekend, managed to survive a late Derby County barrage to make the last-eight of the competition.

Shortly after the tie had been concluded, the draw for the quarter-final was made and Chelsea were, fortunately, given a home tie against a Premier League side with AFC Bournemouth being the opposition.

The tie, at Stamford Bridge, will be played in the week commencing 17th December and will, surely, attract another capacity crowd.

As for the other three quarter-final ties, the plum tie is probably the clash between Arsenal and Spurs, with the other two ties being as thus:

• Middlesbrough v Burton Albion

and

• Leicester City or Southampton v Manchester City or Fulham.

Could we be heading for a repeat of the 1998 Final where Chelsea beat Middlesbrough at Wembley?

Stranger things have happened!

 

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