4 tackles and 1 goal - Chelsea's Filipe Luis mounts challenge for regular first-team football

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Chelsea's Filipe Luis impressed following a rare domestic start in the Blues' Capital One Cup victory over Derby.

Derby County fell to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea in Tuesday evening's League Cup quarter-final at the iPro Stadium, thanks to goals from Eden Hazard, Filipe Luis and Andre Schurrle. It was a well-deserved result for Jose Mourinho's side, who continue their imperious march for silverware, with yet another comprehensive victory. 

Given a rare opportunity to feature in Chelsea's starting-eleven, Filipe Luis earned himself a majority-share of the plaudits. Rated by WhoScored.com as an 8.5/10 for his display, the former Atletico Madrid defender, signed from the La Liga outfit for £15.8million this summer, rightfully received the man-of-the-match award and a pat on the back, come full-time. 

The Brazilian international netted his first goal for the club when he doubled the Blues advantage with a sensational, curled free-kick. As a result of his willingness to burst down the left-flank, this proved to be one of two attempts that he managed all evening, both of which were on target. He got forward well over 90 minutes and would have had a second, had his stinging shot not been saved by Lee Grant late on in the first half.

He linked up well with Eden Hazard, particularly in the first-half, and as the statistics suggest, he was assured with his passing. In total he made 54 attempts to find a team-mate, of which 85.2% proved accurate. His efforts saw him play one key pass, but this failed to materialize into anything more than a wasted Chelsea shot at goal. He may have scored his first goal for the Stamford Bridge outfit, but he is still yet to record his first assist.

Being a La Liga winner and Champions League finalist, there are few questions surrounding Luis' defensive ability. Despite the lesser importance of Tuesday evening's encounter, he could still be seen fulfilling his basic duties at the back. Here he won a joint-highest four tackles, while making one interception and two clearances. Despite the fact his side conceded late in the second half, Jose Mourinho can, and will, have very few complaints.

Luis faces a terrific battle with fan favourite César Azpilicueta in his challenge for a first-team spot at Stamford Bridge, but he certainly won't have harmed his chances with this display. This was an impressive performance from the Brazilian, who continues to justify the hefty price-tag that saw him make with switch from La Liga to the Premier League five months ago.

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