Lampard ‘confident’ his youngsters can pass Ajax test


He is out of contention for the weekend but [he will be] hopefully soon. He told Chelsea's website: "We know it's a massive game for us".

Dutch legend Marco van Basten, meanwhile, has cast doubt on Ajax repeating last season's feats, criticising Veltman and his former club's transfer policy after losing young stars Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt to Barcelona and Juventus respectively. Ajax has bought Edson Alvarez and Lisandro Martinez for the defence, but they are both playing in midfield. Similarly, another fan said "Pulisic ffs", with the same emoji. Lampard has multiple important decisions to make ahead of tonight's game, from formations to starting players, and there is no time for experiments this evening, he must get it right. Tammy Abraham is expected to lead the attack after amassing nine goals already this term.

Aside from the definites, there is speculation on who Lampard will choose to accompany the regulars for this must-win fixture.

The 21-year-old was a substitute for the second half in the victory over Newcastle and played a crucial role in the winning goal.

Although Lampard is happy the London club are producing exciting players, hd feels it will take a long time for them to build the kind of reputation Ajax now have. Lampard heaped praise on Callum Hudson-Odoi during his press conference.

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"(Midfielder) Razvan Marin was also brought in this summer, but he doesn't play. With the shine that the Croatian delivered to Stamford Bridge at the weekend, he may see himself land a start against Ajax as he aims to secure his fifth consecutive European trophy.

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Chelsea have managed to impress many critics this season but I don't see them having enough to win this match away from home. Two draws have come against Leicester (3rd) and Sheffield United (9th) whilst their two defeats have been at the hands of league leaders Liverpool and Manchester United.

"It's not a factor of being scared of Ajax". They've maintained that scoring form in their two Champions League group matches to date also, with impressive 3-0 wins over Valencia and Lille in their opening two matches in Group H.