Chelsea Seek Home Comfort Against Sleek Ajax
Champions League By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 05/11/2019
Chelsea hope to move closer to UEFA Champions League knock stages qualification with a win over Ajax tonight at Stamford Bridge.Despite clocking their seventh consecutive win after last Saturday's 2-1 win at Watford, the Blues have endured nervy performances on their own turf this season.Frank Lampard admitted yesterday that his team were expected to qualify from the group which also has Valencia whose lone goal victory on Matchday One would further fuel Ajax to go all out for three points.Lampard: "We must understand the quality and danger of Ajax. They are such a technical team. We've shown a great reaction since losing the opening home game. As Chelsea we expect to go through, but we must have the same preparation and attitude as in the last two games."The Dutch giants are no strangers to achieving needed results in big games away from Amsterdam, anyway. They brushed aside the duo of Real Madrid and Juventus with impressive away victories and drew at Bayern in an amazing run to reach the semi-finals of last season's competition.Though they've lost inspirational duo of Math De Ligt and Frenkie De Jong, they still have the quintet of Dusan Tadic, Hakim Ziyech, Daley Blind, David Neres and Donny van de Beek all of whom were involved against Chelsea a fortnight ago.Lampard is aware his side's expectation level has risen since then, and he would be hoping they find their groove at home in a big game this time around after some disappointing strings of results including defeats against Liverpool and Manchester United.Midfield ConundrumN'golo Kante's availability has thrown up a bit of selection dilemma for the Blues boss. The trio of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount have enjoyed a bit of symmetry in the transition while Christian Pulisic has forced his way into a regular place on the left of Chelsea's attack.