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Chelsea and Ajax head in Tuesday’s Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge having both earned six points from their opening three matches in Group H.
However, because of their narrow 1-0 success in Amsterdam, last month, the Premier League outfit holds the smallest of advantages over their Dutch rivals.
Ahead of the game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard faced the media.
The Blues in a promising position on both the domestic and European front and Frank Lampard will be eager to continue their positive run against quality opponents. A victory would be a massive boost for their qualification hopes.
“I don’t like to say that. I felt at the start it would be tight. We have had two good results, another one would be great for us. But the danger of Ajax is massive,” said Lampard. “After losing the opening game we have shown a great reaction. It is expected of Chelsea to go through, it is maybe why we had the reaction after Valencia. We need to have the same attitude as the last results.”
On their opponents, Ajax, Lampard said: “The game will be similar, Ajax had won all their games. We did the things that we needed to do to stop Ajax. It was a fantastic game to look back on, we need to be at our best. More than any other competition, details can make the difference.”
Chelsea stars N’Golo Kante, Ross Barkley and Andreas Christensen took part in the final training session.
On Kante, Lampard said: “He is in the squad. It looks like the injuries are clearing up. So available. No news on Rudiger.”
Lampard also spoke about Mason Mount.
“I am really proud of him. His loan spell in Holland and the Championship, I saw the quality and character. He might have exceeded our expectations. The next story is up to him. He has to keep working. The three midfielders were outstanding,” he said.
The Blues boss also spoke out on using Matteo Kovacic with Kante: “ With the freedom, it is how I want us to play. There is an element that we have to break teams down. The three players at Watford can do all roles. I want them to be positive, go by people if that is the attribute, like Mateo has. N’Golo is huge for us, one of the best in the world. I am going to need all of them.”
Chelsea’s appeal against a transfer ban by FIFA for breaking rules to sign youth players from abroad will be heard on November 20 at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
On appeal, Lampard said: “Very interested. But I have no comment right now, I don’t know enough of the legs to delve. It can affect what we can do, but it is a little down my list. We have Ajax and Palace. We are on a good run. It is a nice feeling (that some fans don’t want to ban overturned). We will always look to improve if we can, but I am very happy with what I’ve got.”