Thursday 23 January 2020

Lampard: It will be tougher

Champions League, Chelsea v Ajax, (Live Virgin 2/BT Sport 2, 8.0)

Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has warned Chelsea he expects an even tougher encounter with Ajax than they faced in Amsterdam.

The Blues registered arguably their finest result under Lampard when they beat last season's Champions League semi-finalists 1-0 last month.

Michy Batshuayi's late strike drew Chelsea level with the Dutch champions at the top of Group H, and another win tonight would leave them with one foot in the next round.

However, Lampard said: "I wouldn't like to say that until that foot is officially in the next round.

"I said at the start that this group would be tight because all the teams could take points off each other. That has been proved to be correct.

"We've had two good results and another one would be great for us with two games left, but we must understand that even though we are at home now, the quality and the danger from Ajax is as much, if not more, than the game we played away because they are such a good, technical team.

"After losing the opening game against Valencia, which was disappointing, we have shown a great reaction from that.

"I have to accept it's expected of Chelsea to go through and that is no disrespect to any other teams. I have said already how hard the group is but it is more about our own expectations.

"That is maybe why we had that reaction. We wanted to prove ourselves."

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