It’s game week 3 of the Champions League and Chelsea took on Ajax at the John Cruijff Arena. We’ve shared some great memories in Amsterdam, as we won the Europa League on this ground back in 2013. Chelsea were ready to take on Ajax and it was their first competitive match between these two sides.

The Blues came into this game with a lot of confidence as they won 5 games on the bounce. They had a chance to make it 6 against very young and talented Ajax side, who were unbeaten since the start of the season. Ajax started their Champions League campaign in great fashion as they won their opening two games. However, for Chelsea it was a must win as they had won 1 and lost 1 game in the competition.

Frank Lampard made one change to his side after edging a win over Newcastle. Kovacic came back into the side over Ross Barkley. Two young and talented teams were ready to face each other and it was one of the most exciting games of the group stages. The game kicked off and Chelsea struggled for the opening 15 minutes. Ajax’s high press forced the Blues to make some mistakes at the back. Chelsea started to grow in the game and the first real chance came to Mason Mount after his brilliant 1-2 with Hudson-Odoi, but Mount’s effort on goal was saved. Hudson-Odoi was looking a huge a threat but was very wasteful in the final 3rd. Later on, Ajax found the back of the net as Ziyech had a shot which deflected off Tomori and Promes was there to tap it in. Ajax started to celebrate but VAR came to Chelsea’s recuse and the goal got disallowed. We were off the hook. The half time whistle blew and it was all square. Chelsea were in control but failed to take their chances and had a lot of work to do in the second half in order to get the win.

The best chance of the second half fell to Alvarez as he hit the post from a corner, and yet again Chelsea were off the hook. An hour into the game and Chelsea made their first sub as Pulisic came on for a tired Willian. Pulisic offered something different as soon as he came on. Chelsea looked more threatening while going forward. It was a quiet night for Tammy and he got subbed off as Michy was subbed on to change the game. As soon as he was introduced Batshuayi missed a glorious chance. He was one on one with the keeper and he hit his shot over the bar. Chelsea should taken the lead.

As Pulisic started to get more involved in the game he almost got his goal after a quick 1-2 with Michy, but his shot was just wide. Chelsea were most likely to score as they were all over Ajax. And at last Chelsea took the lead through the Belgian Michy Batshuayi. A lovely pass by Pulisic to set him up and Chelsea were deservedly in front. The Blues kept calm and saw the game out maturely. It was a massive win and it gives us a big chance to qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Chelsea have won 6 games on the bounce and were the first team to defeat Ajax this season. Things are slowly but surely going Super Frank’s way.

Credit: Chelsea FC

Player Ratings

Kepa: 8
Azpilicueta: 8
Tomori: 9
Zouma: 9
Alonso: 7
Jorginho: 8
Kovacic: 8
Mount: 7
Willian: 6
Tammy: 6
Hudson-Odoi: 5

Substitutes
Pulisic: 8
Batshuayi: 8
Reece James: N/A

Press Conference

Lampard reveals that he told his team before the game that having won five in a row is a dangerous situation and he now adds that so is six in a row, and we must guard against that at Burnley this coming weekend.

Lampard says that Pulisic’s last couple of games show he is settling. He adds that the way he has trained and played recently makes our boss very happy.

What’s next for Chelsea?

After a brilliant win against Ajax, Chelsea have won 6 games on the bounce. The whole team were terrific. Tomori, Azpilicueta and Zouma defensively held off Ajax’s frightening attack. Pulisic and Michy proved a point as they helped Chelsea to get the 3 points. They both should start against Burnley. Chelsea play Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday and can they make it 7 wins on the bounce?

UP THE CHELS!

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