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Lampard has massive respect for "incredible" Ajax, Kante and Rudiger don't travel with the squad

Ajax vs Chelsea, Champions League: Pre-match press conference

Chelsea Press Conference Photo by David Lidstrom/Getty Images

5 matches, 5 wins. Chelsea have been on a good patch of form recently and will be looking to carry that forward in their next match which is going to be against Ajax in the Champions League. While Chelsea's form is good, Ajax are no pushovers.

The Dutch team lie on top of the Champions League group with two wins out of two, both being 3-0 drubbing of Lille and Valencia. The two teams who gave Chelsea problems which led to Blues winning one (albeit narrowly) and one loss.

As such Lampard is aware of the threat which Ajax pose and will not be taking them lightly.

Ajax's young-stars reached Champions League semi-final last season. Considering how little they spend and how regularly they're ripped apart by wealthier European teams like Barcelona(Cillessen, Frenkie de Jong), Juventus (Matthias de Ligt), Tottenham (Davinson Sanchez, Vertonghen directly and Alderweireld indirectly) and even Chelsea (Redan, Castillo), that's an amazing feat.

The brilliance of this is not lost on Lampard who is trying to start a youth revolution of his own at Chelsea.

Moving on to team news. Chelsea's injury crisis continues as Kante, Barkley and Rudiger haven't even travelled with the Chelsea squad, on top of the already injured Christensen and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. A little bit of good news comes from the news that Emerson is back in the squad.

Aside from this, Pedro is not in the squad either but that may be more due to something happening behind the scenes rather than an injury.

With Pedro out of contention, this leaves Willian, Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic as the only out and out wingers in the squad, leading to the latter two youngsters getting more minutes as the season goes on.

That's all of note from Lampard's pre-match press conference ahead of Ajax. Chelsea being third in the group (due to Champions League following head-to-head rules) makes this match a must-win or risk falling 3 points behind Valencia (if they win) and 6 points behind group leaders Ajax (if we lose). As they say, pressure makes diamonds. Time to shine bright like one.

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