Michy Batshuayi's hat-trick and a set of dazzling displays from several youngsters, including Charly Musonda Jr., meant Chelsea eased to victory in a perfect night for the club.
Antonio Conte's dream would have been to have the game won by half-time and to bring on some of his kids, and that's exactly what happened as Ethan Ampadu became Chelsea's ninth youngest player of all-time. Nottingham Forest were battered in a 5-1 defeat with Kenedy and Musonda notching strikes alongside Batshuayi.
The 17-year-old was joined by Dujon Sterling, who made his professional debut from the bench after a season in the academy where he won an unprecedented quadruple.
Chelsea have an embarrassment of young talent and Jake Clarke-Salter made his second appearance for the club from the bench as Conte rested a host of players for a difficult upcoming period. Eden Hazard went through the motions but completed his first 90 minutes since May as well.
Debuts, hat-tricks and Musonda: Chelsea's perfect cup display
Chelsea Football Club 5-1 Forest. Perfect cup evening, debuts and finally Charly Musonda showed what he can do from the start. Michy hat-trick too! My video reportPosted by Nizaar Kinsella on Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Talking of the academy, Andreas Christensen was another who started and there's very much a feeling that he is the one who has already 'made it'.