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The win against Ajax has been hailed as Frank Lampard’s greatest win as a manager as Chelsea had to battle hard to defeat the Dutch giants on their home turf at the Johan Cruyff ArenA by a slim 1-0 margin.
Chelsea’s last two games have seen the Blues play two different kinds of opposition and win 1-0. Every top team must know how to grind results, and Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are beginning to do just that.
Lampard has hailed the manner in which Chelsea have won the last two games as the Blues had to dig deep for the victories. Lampard has called the Ajax team ‘a different animal’.
“That has been a great fact for us,” Lampard said. “Newcastle was a different challenge, we had not had a team like that which has come to the Bridge and really sat back and made it difficult, and they did it well, but we created a lot, we dominated and the important thing then is to keep the clean sheet so one goal wins you the game.
“Ajax was a different animal and the pleasure I got out of that was as much as I got all season. We were up against a top-class opponent who were technically really difficult to play against and our work ethic off the ball was huge.
“That is what I want to be our base, we kept a clean sheet with our desire to defend, Cesar Azpilicueta making tackles in the six-yard box and the team as group defending high up the pitch, stopping Ajax getting up the pitch and when we had to defend deep we did it.”