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Willian warns Chelsea of ‘difficult’ Ajax threat

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Willian admits Chelsea will need to prepare well for their next Champions League clash at Ajax after overcoming Lille OSC 2-1 on Wednesday.

Despite a somewhat sloppy performance in France, Willian delivered when it mattered most by volleying home Callum Hudson-Odoi’s cross in the final 13 minutes to seal a 2-1 win for Chelsea.

It enabled Frank Lampard’s men to move level with second-place Valencia on three points in Group H.

Next up, however, will be a tricky trip to last season’s surprise package Ajax in the Amsterdam Arena on October 23.

The Dutch champions, who thrashed Valencia 3-0 in Spain to take top spot in the group table, are no strangers to pulling off upsets after eliminating Real Madrid and Juventus on route to reaching the semi-finals last term.

“For sure it will be a tough game and we need to prepare well for this game,” Willian said on the club’s website.

“We know how difficult it is going to be but I think we can do the same job as we did on Wednesday night. We have to work together like we are doing and then results are going to come like this one.

“We deserved to win and we needed to win. We have worked hard every day and the lads did an amazing job against Lille. It is a tough place to play, Lille have a good team, they play well so we did a great job and we have to carry on in the same way.”

For now, though, Chelsea will need Willian to focus on Sunday’s Premier League clash with Southampton.

The Blues are aiming to make it four wins in a row across all competitions at St Mary’s to improve on their seventh-place in the standings.

Head coach Lampard, meanwhile, opened up on his joy after wrapping up his first Champions League win in charge of Chelsea.

Frank Lampard, Chelsea
LILLE, FRANCE – OCTOBER 02: Frank Lampard, Manager of Chelsea.