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CHAMPIONS LEAGUE | AJAX 0-1 CHELSEA

Pulisic’s decisive display against Ajax delights Lampard

The Chelsea coach was full of praise for the 21-year-old, who came on as a second half sub and set up Batshuayi to claim a vital, late winner in Amsterdam.

Pulisic’s decisive display against Ajax delights Lampard
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard sang the praises of Christian Pulisic who played a decisive role in this evening’s 0-1 Champions League win away at Ajax. Pulisic replaced Willian 66 minutes into the match and had an instant impact. With four minutes of normal time remaining, he set off on one of his dazzling runs down the left, beat Ajax right-back Sergiño Dest with a stepover and laid the ball for Michy Batshuayi to fire home the winner.

Pulisic showed what he's got tonight - Lampard

The result puts Chelsea level on points with Ajax in Group H ahead of next month’s meeting between the two clubs at Stamford Bridge. Lampard was clearly delighted with Pulisic, saying after the game: “The performance tonight and the last couple off the bench show what he has got. I understood the quality of Christian, he is just 21. I have options. Christian wants to know what is going on always. I have stayed calm with it. He wants to do well. Training like he has makes me very happy.

Chelsea's Christian Pulisic on the ball against Ajax in Amsterdam

"We respected Ajax and that’s how we should be,” the Chelsea coach continued. “The great thing at the moment is the desire and I think we are heading in the right direction - the signs are good. Five wins in a row can be dangerous, six wins could be even more dangerous. I just came to work. I knew there was quality in the squad and I’ve always believed in them”

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