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Chelsea got a deserved and crucial away win over Ajax to level up six points with the group leaders and boost the club’s chances of progressing to the knockout stage of the Champions League.
It wasn’t an easy battle at the Johan Cruff Arena as the home side dominated the first stages of the game with their intricate passing. Slowly but surely, Chelsea found their way into the game and both sides seemed balanced until half-time.
The second-half started in similar fashion to the first, but this time there were beginning to be gaps on the pitch to be exploited. Frank Lampard’s first change was to bring on Christian Pulisic for the tired Willian six minutes after the hour mark, and Tammy Abraham made way for Michy Batshuayi shortly after, and the substitutes turned the game around for Chelsea.
Just like in the game against Newcastle, Pulisic was electrifying and his introduction changed the game for Chelsea. Ajax defence couldn’t cope with his skill and turn of pace, and the American seems to have formed a good partnership with Batshuayi.
On the 81st minute, Pulisic laid on a good pass for Batshuayi who was left alone with the keeper, but be blazed his short over the bar. Pulisic continued to trouble and five minutes afterwards he laid on another sublime pass for Batshuayi who couldn’t help but find the target.
Captain America and Batsman are beginning to forge a perfect understanding. They showed it against Southampton as Batshuayi scored his first Premier League goal for Chelsea in almost two years when he put the icing on the cake in the Blues’ 4-1 win over Southampton at St. Mary’s. He had been on the pitch for less than five minutes before he slotted the ball between the goalkeeper’s legs for Chelsea’s fourth goal on the night after a sublime pass from Pulisic.
And tonight, the duo have combined again to save Chelsea against the Dutch champions.