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Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are beginning to click, the defensive issues are slowly but surely fading away and the team is looking better with each passing game.
However, Chelsea have two double header against Ajax in a space of two weeks and those games could go a long way to decide whether or not Chelsea make it out of the group.
Erik ten Hag’s side are group favourites having narrowly missed out on the final last season following a last-minute goal from Tottenham in the semi-finals, and they have started the season in good form as they are yet to lose a game in their league and the Champions League this season.
Ajax top Group H with six points having beaten both Lille and Valencia, while Chelsea lost their opening group game to Valencia.
Chelsea face Ajax on Wednesday this week away from home and also in two weeks time at Stamford Bridge on November 5 and Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has revealed that those two games are big games for Chelsea.
“Yes, yes it is [a tight group],” said the Chelsea boss. “We got a good result in Lille which changes the face of it slightly. Now, these two games against Ajax are really big. They have been such a strong team, they’ve got points on the board and they will give us a problem.
“In terms of the atmosphere in the stadium, they are going to be strong. The movement and the way they play football is going to be a big test for us. We go there relatively confident so let’s take on the challenge.”
Lampard also admits that the game will present a good educational experience for his youngsters to develop.
He added: “I think everything is an education in football. Today we were trying to break down a team with 10 men behind the ball a lot of the time. Lille was a big education for Champions League debuts for Tammy, Mason [Mount], Fikayo [Tomori] and Reece [James].
“Another one with Ajax who are a top-level team who have managed to get to the semi-finals. They have good players who play a certain way. Off the ball, you have to be fully concentrated. In terms of what they can do to you, how they play, so yes, it is a big challenge.”