After a key victory over Ajax 1-0 this morning, coach Frank Lampard said that Chelsea’s “children” were the players from the academy club that they trained and brought themselves to the first team to play from the beginning of the season. has now really matured.
Just like in the Premier League, Coach Lampard has given the opportunity to play up to five English players who are 21, or younger, playing for Chelsea in the opening two Champions League matches this season.
In the next match against Ajax, the semi-final team last season and also a tradition of youth training, Lampard continued to trust the young players and launched the field as Fikayo Tomori, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham and Reece James.
Together with other veteran and famous players such as Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Willian… helped Chelsea after a troubled start, but so far has shown a stable and impressive play.
In the Premier League, 3 recent consecutive victories have brought “The Blues” back to the top 4 and fully qualified to dispute the higher throne. And in the Champions League, the second match against Ajax 1-0 immediately after the victory in the away match against Lille 2-1 brought Chelsea to the top of Group H with 6 points (with Ajax, losing the difference of +1 compared to +5, but more than direct confrontation).
According to Lampard: “This is a great achievement. I think we are allowed to be a bit extreme after this game. The performances of the players were so impressive and the young players were truly mature. Remember, most young Chelsea players still have very little experience playing in the Champions League, so this is a step for them to overcome challenges and play so well.”
On the other hand, Lampard also said: “Ajax is a big, top team. Therefore, I really need experienced players and create a balance between them and the young players. There are still many things to improve, but so far we have really set a standard and we are all in the plan from the beginning of the season. Therefore, with this promising progress, I believe Chelsea will become more and more mature”.
Calculating from 2 consecutive losses before Valencia 0-1 and Liverpool 1-2, Chelsea has now 6 consecutive victories on all fronts. This weekend, they met Burnley in the English Premier League round 10 before taking on Manchester United at Stamford Bridge in the fourth round of the League Cup.
With the impressive series of recent achievements, Chelsea is likely to continue to maintain its winning streak.