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Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata upstaged teammate Cesc Fabregas on his last appearance with the Blues as the former Real Madrid star managed to score a brace which sent Maurizio Sarri‘s men to FA Cup Fourth Round on Saturday afternoon.

The ex Arsenal and Barcelona star, who missed a penalty in a tough first half at Stamford Bridge, then received a warm standing ovation as he left the pitch with five minutes left to go in the second period.

It is understood Fabregas will join AS Monaco in the next few days, after being handed the captain’s armband for his last game in a Chelsea shirt.

However, Alvaro Morata wanted to share his feelings via Instagram with an emotional post dedicated to his compatriot: “You do not know how much I’m going to miss you!” wrote the Spaniard.

“To you and your wonderful family, thank you very much for helping us in EVERYTHING possible.

“Thanks for all the moments lived and good luck in everything you do!”



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Most of Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge were waiting for tonight’s clash more to welcome back Blues legend Frank Lampard than for the game itself against Derby County, who Chelsea all time top-scorer has been coaching since the start of this season.

Nobody had doubts that the former midfielder would have got a rapturous reception from his ex supporters ahead of the match and even got a standing ovation from the fans of both sides at the end of the game, as shown in the video below:

Lampard, besides being Chelsea all-time top scorer having netted 211 goals in 648 appearances for the club, also won 13 trophies while playing for the Blues, including the Champions League and three Premier League titles.

Chelsea loanees Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount, who were granted permission by their parent club to play, started the game but the defender was one of the two Rams players who scored an own goal in the first half.

Before the game Lampard claimed:

“I realise how important Chelsea were in my life and what I owe for that in terms of thanks.

“I’ll be proud and honoured to be taking my team to a club that was my home for 13 years and still feels like home.

“I’ve got great affiliation with Derby already, I’m working hard to do something good here and I love it, but I can’t forget 13 years of my career.

“I was lucky to be part of a strong era, the infrastructure that was laid by Roman Abramovich, it’ll be special to be back there and feel that atmosphere again.”

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Fan pay tribute to Mourinho at Stamford Bridge during Sunderland game @ Francesca Ceciarini

Chelsea fans don’t forget José Mourinho and most of them strongly believed that the ex Blues manager was let down by his own players, especially some of them, like Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa, Nemanja Matic and Oscar, who were strongly booed first during the two times that the line-ups were announced via PA-system, then during the game when touching the ball.

Meanwhile the supporters are paying tribute to Mourinho, keeping chanting his name, especially when the two goals were scored, Chelsea are leading 2-0 after 2-0 with goals of Ivanovic and Pedro: the goals were celebrated by all the fans, that are supporting the team anyway and chant just the names of John Terry and Willian, but not in a strong way.

Between the two goals the whole stadium did a standing ovation for Mourinho, chanting “Stand up for the Special One”, that here, of course, will remain always a legend.

The three Mourinho banners that have always been at Stamford Bridge in these two years and half have been not removed from the stadium yet, indeed people was keen to make them clear visible despite wind was reversing them at one point.

Despite Chelsea leading 2-0, the game is being played in a surreal atmosphere.


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