Lampard believes Chelsea attacker is ready to make first Champions League start

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Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi came off the bench in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Lille.

Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against Ajax, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has suggested the 18 year old is ready to start in the Champions League.

Lampard said: “I think he is but so are other players. There comes my problem for selection for games because I have a competitive squad of players that some are fresh to the Champions League, some have been before.

“Isolating Callum, I thought his performance against Newcastle showed huge signs of what we want to see.

“We know the talent there. It’s great his contract is signed now, weeks ago.

“I thought the problems he gave Newcastle consistently were things that I really want to see from him which are end product, delivery into the box, getting at people, running behind people, all those things are what we all know Callum has as a young talent.

“There’s no guarantees there but he is and I think for all the young players, the extra level that the Champions League is, in terms of detail, focus, concentration for 90 minutes, making the most of tiny moments, will be a test for all the young players, not just Callum.”

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