What Chelsea must do to qualify for knockout stage of the Champions League

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Chelsea, Ajax and Valencia all have seven points after four matches in our Champions League group.

Chelsea are aiming to book our place in the last 16 for the fourth time in five seasons, so how can the Blues achieve this?

Chelsea will go through if we defeat Valencia by scoring at least two goals as we will have a superior head-to-head record against Valencia and also Ajax. Anything less would take the group to the final matchday, something Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will be keen to avoid.

A defeat for Chelsea against Valencia means the Blues must beat Lille in the final group game and hope Valencia beats Ajax away in Holland (if Ajax beats Lille today).

Chelsea must avoid defeat against Valencia team that Chelsea boss Frank Lampard admits are very organised and difficult to beat.

“I watched a lot of Valencia’s matches, not just in the Champions League but in LaLiga, and we have the experience of playing against them,” Lampard said.

“So I’m expecting a very organised team. A team with a lot of quality.

“My feeling, having played in this stadium, it is not just the team [that Valencia have]; it is the support and the atmosphere that come together.

“When they are playing well, then the atmosphere is very strong. It is a difficult game for everybody, so I expect a difficult match.”

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