Ajax Vs Chelsea: Charlie Nicholas Admits Chelsea Can Be Full Of Surprises

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Ajax are Group H leaders and the Dutch side have had an excellent start to the season as they currently top the Eredivisie League and are yet to lose a game.

Ajax are favourites heading to this evening’s clash with Chelsea, but Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas believes that the Blues have come a long way under Frank Lampard this season and shouldn’t be underrated.

Nicholas admits that Chelsea surprised him against Newcastle and that the Chelsea youngsters deserve the applause they’ve been getting.

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas said: “These are always the same.

“Three players left Ajax, but they have real talent and are going well in the Eredivisie. Everybody is raving about Chelsea’s youngsters too – at the weekend I thought they would struggle against Newcastle.

“People are quite rightly complimenting Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi.

“At this age, they will go through a quiet spell, but does Frank Lampard keep them in during this or take them out for the Champions League?

“Ajax will look to have a lot of possession whereas Chelsea normally get that. They are a good counter-attack team but Ajax will cause them problems.”

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