Ethan Ampadu’s lack of playing time at RB Leipzig has been one of the sore spots for the 2019-20 Chelsea Loan Army, but the 19-year-old took full advantage of his surprise start last night in the Champions League Round of 16.
Deputizing for the suspended Dayot Upamecano, Ampadu impressed in the heart of Leipzig’s defensive line as they kept José Mourinho’s Spurs off the scoresheet at Tottenham Hotspur stadium and thus take a 1-0 lead back to Germany for the second leg.
Now Ampadu’s hoping for two things. Well, three.
One, that he plays a bit more for Leipzig going forward. Two, that he plays for Chelsea next season. And three, that Chelsea beat Spurs on Saturday.
Not necessarily in that order.
“I try to be composed and just try to play. I think Mourinho might have said it as well. The quality of our play sort of goes underrated because people might not know the name Leipzig as much, but as you saw tonight we have a lot of quality.”
“I mean I hope so [that we’ve tired out Spurs for Saturday]. All the best to Chelsea, I hope they win as well. I’m a Chelsea fan as well so of course I’m always watching.”
“I would like to be [part of the first-team youth revolution next season] but for now I have to concentrate on the rest of this season and hopefully play some more games.”
-Ethan Ampadu; source: Sky
So say we all, Ethan, so say we all.