Quincy Promes is good Striker and new hope that has impressed for the Dutch giants this season following the departure of Frankie De Jong and Matthijs de Ligt for big money. Ajax are top team of Group H with six points. Football fans can book Premier League Football Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
“We have confidence in ourselves, but it’s a tough match, Ajax’s new threats as he prepares to face last season’s Champions League semi-finalists. I watched them last year and I know their team has slightly changed. I’m aware of the new threats they have for us. They’ve won their two Champions League games influentially.” said Lampard.
N’Golo Kante and Midfielders Ross Barkley have not travelled for the match in Amsterdam. Barkley suffered an ankle injury in Saturday’s Premier League win over Newcastle while N’Golo Kante sustained a groin injury while on international duty. Fellow Centre-back Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are also out.
“Ross Barkley will hopefully be fit to train by Thursday,” said Lampard.
Chelsea will assess N’Golo Kante injury again before their Premier League trip to Burnley on Saturday. Antonio Rudiger featured in the squad’s last session before leaving for Amsterdam on Tuesday as the Germany defender continues his recovery from a groin problem that has restricted him to just 45 minutes this season. Andreas Christensen is also expected to be out for around two weeks after the defender sustained a hamstring injury playing for Denmark.
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Ajax and Chelsea have not faced before premier league, with the Blues the ninth different English team Ajax have faced in European competition. Chelsea are unbeaten in four previous European games with Dutch sides winning twice against Feyenoord in the 1999-00 Champions League and drawing 0-0 in two knockout games against AFC DWS in the 1968-69 Fairs Cup.
AFC Ajax have not won three consecutive Champions League matches since November 2005, beating Thun twice and Sparta Prague under manager Danny Blind. Since losing 3-0 at Barcelona in March 2018, Chelsea have lost none of their eight away European matches their longest unbeaten away run in Europe. Quincy Promes is looking to become the first player to score in his first three Champions League appearances for Ajax, having netted against Lille and Valencia this campaign.
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