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Dutch giants Ajax had won their opening two Champions League matches, and last year’s Champions League semifinalists tried to show their confidence before the game against Chelsea.
Ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League game against Ajax, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had to reject a claim from a Dutch journalist that he was “scared” of Ajax.
“What makes you say that?” asked Lampard before the game.
“You look scared,” replied the journalist.
“That is just my face,” said Lampard. “I respect the team, on a serious note. We saw the way this team played last year, and I know that the team has changed slightly, I am very aware of the new threats of the team and anywhere to travel in the Champions League is a difficult match.
“They have won two games in the group convincingly, so definitely it is not a fact of being scared of Ajax. We have confidence in ourselves.”
And now, Lampard has given yet another response to that joke question.
The Chelsea boss said after the game: “My answer to the joke question was we respected Ajax and that’s how we should be because we will also have to respect Burnley on Saturday and what they can do.
“I do focus on ourselves a lot and the great thing I see is a desire, a desire for improvement, a desire to take in information, the desire to follow a game plan, all those things and I think we are moving in the right direction.
“Because when you come into a new club you do make changes and maybe the message is different from before and you rely on the whole squad taking that in and working with that.
“The signs are good at the moment, the signs are good, but…I said to the players before the game that five wins is really dangerous because it can make you sloppy, it can make you switch off, and six wins is even more dangerous. So that’s the message.”