Ajax vs Chelsea: 3 reasons why the Blues will beat Ajax in their Champions League round 3 encounter at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Thursday.
Frank Lampard’s young side have a tough assignment on hand when they face Ajax in the Champions League on Thursday evening. The Dutch side are yet to be beaten in the Eredivisie or Champions League this season.
Chelsea themselves are on a roll of victories but will be aware of the threat they face. Ajax have stood tall despite the departures of their star players Frenkie De Jong and Matthijs De Ligt in the summer. De Jong joined Barcelona and has since established himself in the playing eleven.
De Ligt looked set to join his compatriot at Catalonia. However, the defender made a quick U-turn on his decision and joined Juventus instead. In the wake of their departures, Ajax have made some key signings such as Quincy Promes to fill the gaps in their squad.
Ajax have beaten both their other Champions League opponents by a margin of 3 goals each. However, Chelsea may not have to suffer the same fate in the match against them. Here are 3 reasons why the Blues could prevail in the Ajax vs Chelsea match.
#3. Chelsea’s burst of youth
Ajax’s success last season was built on their youth. The club won their first league title since 2014 and claimed their first domestic double since 2002. They also became the first Dutch side since 2004/05 to get to the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea’s success this season so far has come in the same manner; albeit one that was forced on to them. Chelsea’s transfer embargo has resulted in Frank Lampard being forced to play youth players and the club have actually benefitted from the decision.
The players who understand that they may not get another chance as such to feature for the club have given everything they have on the field. Much like Ajax last year, this side is keen to prove themselves through fearless football.