Lampard explains why Chelsea shouldn’t be compared to Ajax just yet

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Comparisons have been made between Chelsea and Ajax this season.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has built his Chelsea team around academy graduates while Ajax have a long-standing history of promoting youth.

Lampard believes Chelsea shouldn’t be compared just yet to Ajax because the Dutch club have a big history of promoting youth.

Asked if he sees similarities between Chelsea and Ajax, Lampard said: “We’ve got a long way to go to claim the similarities but I think pride in the short term, yes.

“Because we shouldn’t get carried away with ourselves, it’s great we have a good feeling at the club, in terms of the young players that have come through, I think it’s long-deserved recognition for the academy itself and those players as well.

“But we are at a place here that is steeped in history of bringing young players through, creating great teams with groups of young players over the years.

“We have a long way to go to do that. But in the short term I’m certainly happy and we need to continue working so that they continue their development, the young players.”

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