Thursday 23 January 2020

I thought we'd won it says James

Reece James. Photo: AP
Reece James. Photo: AP

Reece James lashed in the goal that earned Chelsea a point against Ajax, but the 19-year-old was convinced he had played his part in a famous victory.

James came off the bench to become Chelsea's youngest Champions League goalscorer, driving home from a corner as the Blues overturned a 4-1 deficit to draw 4-4.

But Chelsea though t they had won it when Cesar Azpilicueta found the net, only for VAR to cut short the celebrations after spotting the ball hit Tammy Abraham's hand.

On a chaotic night they scored two own-goals and two penalties while Ajax had two players, Daley Blind and Joel Veltman, sent off at once.

"I've never really been involved in anything like that," said James.

"It was great coming on at half-time, we had a lot to do in the game and obviously their sending-offs helped us get a few more goals and in the second half we played a lot better.

"As soon as that happened we built momentum, the game changed and from then on we knew we could get back into it.

"It was a crazy game. Scoring a goal is a bonus. The manager told me to come on and liven the boys up.

"I thought we'd gone 5-4 up but it wasn't meant to be, so we'll take the point and move on to the next game.

"At half-time we were 3-1 down and not everyone was happy so coming away with what we did is a lot better, but we felt we could get the three points."

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