Five wins in a row. To make it six, Chelsea would have to pull off victory in Amsterdam. That may harken back to the glorious Europa League final of 2013, but the task at hand is no less difficult. The last time Ajax lost a game in any competition was back in May, in the Champions League semifinals. They’ve been winning by 2-3 goal-margins against almost all comers since, despite losing key players from that inspiring run last season.
Chelsea’s task at pulling off this win isn’t going to be made any easier by the expected and continuing absences of Antonio Rüdiger, Andreas Christensen, and N’Golo Kanté — unless Frank Lampard pulls of a major surprise in his press conference later today — though left back Emerson could be back in contention to spell Saturday’s goal-scoring, match-winning hero, Marcos Alonso.
Chelsea barely have any turnaround-time after this one, with Burnely away awaiting in Saturday’s late kick-off.