Weblog: The football punter
Chelsea can do the double over Ajax
Chelsea produced a superb performance to beat Ajax in Amsterdam and there is every chance that the Blues can follow up and take full control of Group H with two games remaining.
Frank Lampard’s team lost at home to Valencia in their first group-stage match but battled to an away success in Lille and followed up in Holland three weeks later.
They have been on a roll in all competitions and were good value for the victory over Ajax, winning the shot count 14-6 and recording a far superior expected-goals figure.
Ajax were superb in reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League last season but the departures of Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong were always going to weaken Erik ten Hag’s team to some degree and they clearly found it tough to control the game against the Blues.
Chelsea have their own batch of talented young players and can produce another strong showing.