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AJAX 0-0 CHELSEA

Ajax XI: Onana, Dest, Veltman, Blind, Tagliafico, Martinez, Edson Alvarez, Ziyech, Van der Beek, Promes; Tadic

Chelsea XI: Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Alonso; Kovacic, Jorginho, Monte; Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi.

AJAX 0-0 CHELSEA

30: I don't want to play with that – but Chelsea really intensified things. They resisted the onset of the storm without Kepa Arrizabalaga having to do much and created one or two openings.

Hudson-Odoi blinks at one in mid-volley, squeaks just a little. Another good chance.

28: Going back to that Jody Morris reservation – I must admit I loved the way the referee refused to wield the card until the Chelsea assistant got up.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

25: Both sides have no composure in the final third. I suppose that's the price you pay for so many young people in the field. Callum Hudson-Odoi proves my point of view by driving towards the goal and, surely, passing away from the target.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

23: Chelsea coach Jody Morris is hired for disagreements. What is going on with these assistants? Morris tonight, Freddie Ljungberg on Monday!

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

20: Ajax have won their first two games against Lille and Valencia 3-1. Not sure if lightning will strike three times tonight. Chelsea have grown in confidence in the last five minutes.

17: Yes, Chelsea are losing the ball a lot in midfield – but that's because they are committed to bringing it in the back and not simply stepping forward. These are brave things on the Premier League side.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

14: Save! Mason Mount forces a good stop by La Masia graduate Andre Onana. That's right guys – he's from Barcelona … Anyway, the England international aims from outside the area, but the effort is great.

12: What a move! Ajax are sparkling to watch and Chelsea are just waiting. A sharp turn goes deep into the van de Beek, who ducked behind the defense to kick Kurt Zouma lightly. Beat it so well. Paul Scholes-esque

10: Sorry to be this guy, but can anyone explain why Ajax is using its classic red and white colors, while Chelsea opted for bright black orange? Don't get me wrong – I like the style – but I don't think blue would have conflicted.

7: Another update, another chance. Ruthless things already. Chelsea win a corner and defender Fikayo Tomori arrives unmarked to take a look. Should have done better.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

4: Chance! Oh, this is gonna be good guys. Really very good. Tomori gives the ball to midfield and Ajax breaks the speed of light. Ziyech whistles the ball for Van van Beek, who inexplicably takes an unnecessary touch before shooting Marcos Alonso.

There were strong handball claims when Alonso made the entrance, but referee Ovidiu Alin Hategan was not interested.

2: Talk about a positive start for your visitors. Chelsea win a corner in the first 19 seconds. Callum Hudson-Odoi rushes to catch him – I think Mason Mount got plays? Anyway, the ball is whipped deeply, but there is Onana to punch it in the moon.

AJAX 0-0 CHELSEA

1: And we're going, guys! We were treated to a very flashy light show (geddit?) Before the start. Never sure if this really adds to the atmosphere. Yes, I'm a rascal, I'm afraid.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Klaxon five minutes

5:50 pm Just a reminder that we are starting at the iconic and illogical time of 5:55 pm today – so only five minutes to the start.

The players have just come out of the tunnel into a cauldron of noise. NOT as loud as Boca Juniors x River Plate last night – crazy scenes. We put a video below if you'd like to see the atmosphere there. You can turn down the volume…

"We falter at first"

17:45: Chelsea coach Frank Lampard, talking to BT Sport: "A tough match, first of all. Ajax had two very good results, we failed at first but we had a good result against Lille. This one it's a tough place to face "we have to be at our best.

"This is a club full of tradition and young players have been a part of it many times. We are in a new cycle and this is a good test for young players who are taking their first steps in Champions League football."

"They lost two great young players but kept a lot. People can expect them to lose more but they didn't. I have no illusions about how difficult it will be – they were good last year and are doing well this year."

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Head to head

17:40: Surprisingly, this will be the first meeting between the sides.

However, Ajax have painful memories of the English opposition, having won just one of their last six club home games.

The dramatic Champions League semi-final defeat by Tottenham last season is obviously still fresh in memory as well.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter Summary

Colin: Our fate is in the balance tonight in my opinion. I see no drop points from Valencia to Lille. Need a great team performance today and three points!

Nduvho: Ajax's favorites tonight. More fluid, better understanding of the people around you and matures this season after the lessons of last season. It will be a difficult game.

Sharan: Masteron from Mason Mount and Callum Hudson-Odoi received. Ajax is not ready.

The opposition…

17:30: Erik ten Hag has been in charge of the Eredivisie champions since 2017 and led them to a national duo last season while overseeing his famous Champions League semi-finals race.

The 49-year-old is probably Europe's hottest administrative property at the moment, but insists he is happy with the Amsterdam side.

Dusan Tadic flattered to cheat a bit at Southampton but is now captain of a resurgent Ajax team within seconds of reaching the Champions League final last season.

Tadic's performances saw him nominated for the 2019 Ballon D 'Or – and again – Hugo Lloris was also nominated…

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

The Masters…

5:20 pm: Frank Lampard has received a lot of applause for the way he bled Chelsea youth this season, but he knows they are facing the masters of youth development.

The Blues, with graduates Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James and Fikayo Tomori, won five straight wins in all competitions and climbed to the top four after Saturday's victory over Newcastle.

However, Ajax have been famous for their youth policy and last season the exuberance drove them to the Champions League semi-finals, where they were agonizing for Tottenham.

"There is a long way to go to say that there are similarities," said Lampard. "We are proud of it in the short term, but we shouldn't get carried away. It's great, the feel good at the club in terms of young players who have come here."

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Twitter Summary

Omg: Happy to see from three of William, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Tammy Abraham. I was expecting Reece James and Emerson in the side positions. Come on, Chelsea!

Martin: Don't get me wrong, the Chelsea team this season is full of promise and we will surprise a lot of people. However, Ajax will probably give us a class tonight!

Simon: Frank Lampard is clearly playing favoritism with Mason Mount! Why should these boys feel untouchable? I expected Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi to start today.

That is the spirit, Martin …

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

"You look scared"

17:10: Well, it wasn't a moment of laughing out loud. I refuse to abbreviate this for LOL for humanitarian reasons.

At yesterday's press conference, a Dutch journalist asked why Frank Lampard looked scared and intimidated by Ajax.

However, the Chelsea legend dismissed this comment with a sassy comment, claiming that "it's just my face".

I often give this answer when people ask why I'm frowning all the time …

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Team News – Chelsea

17:05: Mateo Kovacic returns to Chelsea starting lineup for Group H clash with Ajax in Amsterdam.

The Croatian midfielder has a first match since their 2-1 loss to Liverpool last month in the absence of injured duo Ross Barkley and N'Kante goal.

Chief Frank Lampard maintains faith with young Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi against last season's semi-finalists.

I'm afraid I can't say the changes in Ajax, but it seems like an early XI. I hope that is enough…

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

Group H…

5:00 pm: I certainly thought Group H would be the most competitive and fun when the draw was held a few months ago.

Ajax, Valencia, Chelsea and Lille are known for attacking, creating and daring to say a little enthusiasm in their styles.

It is also shaping well. Ajax lead the way with maximum points in the first two games. A win tonight and you have to think that everyone is playing for second position.

Chelsea and Valencia draw at three points each, while Nicolas Pepe-less Lille has yet to score.

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: latest Champions League updates

Ajax vs Chelsea LIVE: Champions League latest updates (Image: GETTY)

The maths

16:50: The math doesn't add up.

Ajax lost £ 185 million players over the summer, with dup Frenkie De Jong and Matthias De Light leaving the club and they only reinvested £ 50 million.

So far this season, they are unbeaten at 16 and create more chances than ever. What the hell…

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