Chelsea made it two wins from two in the Champions League last night, beating last season’s semi-finalists – Ajax – 1-0 in their group stage clash at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Blues dealt with an onslaught of pressure from the Dutch champions in the first-half well, with Michy Batshuayi finding the net four minutes from time with a finish from close-range.
With possession split almost evenly, and Ajax taking 10 shots on goal to Chelsea’s 16, it was by no means a one-sided contest, though Frank Lampard’s resilient young side showed maturity with their performance and ultimately returned to England with a vital three points.
Chelsea now sit top of Group H after three games, while Ajax drop to second, behind the west Londoners on goal difference alone after last night’s result.
One of the biggest positives from last night’s performance was the fact that the Blues kept a clean sheet, which was of course largely down to goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, who put in a solid performance in Holland. Indeed, he also hit the mark with 9 out of 19 of his long balls (per WhoScored), proving his worth as a reasonably effective outlet.
Here’s how Chelsea fans reacted to the 25-year-old’s congratulatory Tweet after the game:
Well played today!
Another clean sheet! ⛔️
— ⛔️ (@KepaCleanSheet) October 23, 2019
— ℤℕ ⍟ (@ChelseaMCMV) October 23, 2019
Great save today kepa
— KAA (@zztulira) October 23, 2019
Best keeper in the world mate
— (@Arrizabalager) October 23, 2019
KEPA CLEAN SHEET
— Chelsea Till Satan Repents⁶ (@assahfalcao) October 23, 2019
yeah a great game it was.. nice one man
— St John (@HeartofStJohn1) October 23, 2019
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