Lampard ‘confident’ his youngsters can pass Ajax test

The long term is that we didn't come here and we haven't only turned 21 and see it sound like it did today, and there's a lot more to come.

Ross Barkley is yet another Chelsea player to be sidelined, having suffered an injury in the game against Newcastle.

Let's take a look at the team that Frank Lampard could put out for the match against Ajax.

Frank Lampard said on Tuesday that he was "aware" of the threat from a formidable Ajax team but had "confidence" in his young Chelsea team ahead of Wednesday's key Champions League clash.

Chelsea's star midfielder N'Golo Kante is on their agenda now, according to reports from Don Balon and Barcelona star Antoine Griezmann is apparently trying to convince him for a move.

"We are self-aware, fearless and we have faith in ourselves, but Ajax is not a favourite against big clubs from the Premier League".

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Chelsea are unbeaten in four previous European games with Dutch sides (W2 D2 L0), winning twice against Feyenoord in the 1999-00 Champions League and drawing two knockout games goalless against AFC DWS in the 1968-69 Fairs Cup, going out after losing a coin toss.

Abraham has stolen the headlines with eight goals in nine league appearances and the opener in Chelsea's 2-1 win in Lille, and Lampard called the 22-year-old a "sponge" for his capacity to learn.

The west London side are now in fourth place in the Premier League table as they seek Champions League qualification under Lampard this term. It was a good performance by the Blues as they controlled 72% of the ball and had 16 shots. In a wide-open group full of four very different teams with the ability to advance, every single point is crucial.

Virgil van Dijk chats with Joe Gomez during a Liverpool training session ahead of their Champions League group E match against KRC Genk. Shortly before half-time Ajax seemed likely to take the lead when Quincy Promes found an excellent position on the left side of the box. In fact, Ajax has yet to lose a match this season in any competition.

"First, last year was last year".

  • Lawrence Cooper