After a decisive win over LOSC Lille, Chelsea managed to obtain three valuable points and gain some leeway in the group. With the other group participants, Ajax were able to defeat Valencia away pretty convincingly with 3-0 victory leaving them top of group H. Chelsea’s Champions League opener didn’t go as planned as they weren’t able to equalise after missing a key penalty late in the game at Stamford Bridge. Ross Barkley misfired high, and left Chelsea without the opportunity to grab a point in the process.
Last night was different as Tammy Abraham and Willian each scored to secure the win at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy arena. The Blues were the aggressors in both games dominating possession but again looked shaky defending set pieces. If Chelsea have any hope of making a decent run in the Champions League, this has to improve. Frank Lampard reiterated in his pre-game press conference saying he wanted to regain ground in the UCL and his young side did so with this victory. But this leaves us with the question, where do Chelsea stand in the Champions League right now?
Well with this victory, The Blues stand third in table below Ajax and Valencia and above LOSC Lille. Not where Chelsea originally thought they will be after getting drawn to this group. The Blues might’ve thought they could qualify onto the round of 16 fairly easily but this shows how no team in this league is a pushover. Their next Champions League tie is away at Ajax and after beating Valencia, it’s safe to say Ajax will be coming in with full confidence at home. Chelsea still have four games remaining left in the group stages and every game matters. They will play Ajax again shortly after at Stamford Bridge. This will be an entertaining series as both teams are filled with exciting young talent and offensive minded tactics.
It is still early days and Chelsea could gain more ground if they manage to get points against Ajax, the group leaders. The last two Champions League ties will be away at Valencia and at home where they will host Lille. By the end of November we will get a better picture of where Chelsea will be at in terms of form. Ruben Loftus-Cheek could be available for their last two Champions League group stages matches and provide Lampard with more offensive power. With only 2 goals in the Champions league, and Ajax with 6, the boys in blue should seek to score every chance they can get. Another defeat won’t spell disaster, but would make things very difficult. Chelsea can’t take any chances and ought to gain some momentum with this win over Lille.