Frank Lampard admits he is expecting a ‘big test’ as Chelsea prepare to host Ajax in the Champions League this week.
Chelsea face last season’s semi-finalists at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night, looking to seal a positive result as the club look to continue their push to secure qualification to the knock-out stages.
Lampard’s inexperienced side produced arguably the finest result of his tenure so far in beating the Dutch champions 1-0 in Amsterdam last month, Michy Batshuayi’s late goal sealing a valuable win at the Johan Cruyff Arena which leaves the two sides level on six points at the top of Group H.
Despite seeing his side secure victory over this week’s opponents less than two weeks ago, Lampard is anticipating a tough test against a side which completed a domestic double last season.
“It’s a nice platform in terms of confidence, but when you step into the Champions League it’s always different,” Lampard told the club website.
“We’ll have a big test against Ajax because of the quality of their team. We faced them two weeks ago and saw how good they are on the ball and the problems they’ll give us.
“We’re confident, but we understand it’ll be tough.”