Chelsea confirmed the form of character and spirit of their beautiful draw with Ajax which proves they will ‘go locations’ this season.
That is in accordance with Frank Lampard, the Blues boss, who watched on from the dugout as Stamford Bridge hosted probably the most beautiful video games of the season up to now.
Chelsea got here again from 4-1 down to grab a 4-Four draw in opposition to final season’s Champions League semi-finalists, and so they even scored a winner solely to see Cesar Azpilicueta’s strike dominated out for handball after a VAR evaluate.
Ajax additionally had two gamers despatched off within the area of a minute to write down additional drama on a really exceptional night time of European soccer.
The purpose claimed retains Chelsea firmly within the race to qualify from Group H, stage on factors with Ajax and Valencia, and Lampard is taking all of the positives.
Lampard stated: “In the present day was only a mad one, there usually are not too many I can examine it to from my day, with the VAR which is a brand new animal, and the purple playing cards.
“However take all that out of it, and the spirit and the character was one thing I really like. We have to tighten up, for positive, however with that spirit we are able to go locations.
“You want characters, you want personalities. It might be straightforward to show it in at 3-1, or 4-1, however we didn’t.
“I feel this group was all the time going to be tight, and we’re in it. We’ve received two video games left, very robust matches, and we’ve a variety of work to do.”
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Ajax took the lead contained in the opening two minutes when Tammy Abraham inadvertently diverted a Quincy Promes free-kick into his personal internet.
However moments later Jorginho equalised from the penalty spot after a foul on Christian Pulisic.
Nevertheless, Promes headed the second earlier than Hakim Ziyech’s free-kick beat Kepa Arrizabalaga, got here again off the put up and hit the keeper full within the face earlier than bouncing in.
It was 4 10 minutes after half-time because of Donny Van De Beek’s low drive, however the comeback started when Azpilicueta tapped in on the far put up.
Then, in one other loopy 60 seconds, Daley Blind was proven a second yellow card for fouling Abraham and Joel Veltman adopted him down the tunnel for dealing with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s shot.
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Stamford Bridge was rocking as Jorginho rolled in his second penalty of the night time, and it was pandemonium moments later when substitute Reece James lashed dwelling from a nook to equalise.
VAR dominated out Azpilicueta’s strike, recognizing an Abraham handball among the many pinball within the Ajax field leaving the Dutch champions abruptly grateful for some extent.
Ajax supervisor Erik Ten Hag stated: “Some selections went in opposition to us, however we performed magnificently. One second every thing modified.
“First Daley Blind, then Veltman, and a penalty, I felt we received punished many occasions.”