Chelsea’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League have received a huge boost with The Blues beating Ajax 1-0 in Amsterdam this evening.
Forgotten man Michy Batshuayi bagged the game’s only goal four minutes from time as Frank Lampard’s side moved to the top of Group H after three matches.
Chelsea settled well at the Johan Cruijff Arena and Fikayo Tomori and Marcos Alonso both saw headers flash wide either side of a Mason Mount effort which forced a save out of home keeper Andre Onana.
Callum Hudson-Odoi fired a shot wide before Ajax had a goal disallowed following a VAR review, Quincy Promes was believed to have converted from an offside position.
The home side went close early in the second half when Edson Alvarez glanced a header against the post while Daley Blind’s strike was kept out of the Chelsea net by Kepa Arrizabalaga. Sergino Dest also saw an effort saved as the Dutch side cranked up the pressure.
The Blues brought on striker Batshuayi with 19 minutes to go and the player made a real impact, taking aim on goal twice soon after his arrival. It was the Belgian who was to make the breakthrough with four minutes to go when he connected with a Christian Pulisic cross to net the game’s only goal.
Ajax had nothing left to give on a night that saw Chelsea’s young guns put on a really mature display.