Kurt Zouma and Tammy Abraham on togetherness and patience proving key in big Champions League win

‘We wanted to send a message to everybody that Chelsea is still here, we’re still a big club and a big team.'

Fresh from securing a memorable win in Amsterdam that wrestled back control of our Champions League destiny in Group H, the Chelsea dressing room reflected on a coming-of-age performance that featured tactical nous, unbelievable work-rate and a late winning goal that capped an outstanding evening for the Blues.

Tammy Abraham led the line up front superbly well, relieving pressure in difficult moments and linking up intelligently with the attacking players around him. There was no goal to take the 22-year-old into double figures for the season and instead the standout moment went to Michy Batshuayi, who replaced the England international with 19 minutes remaining and thundered the winner off the underside of the crossbar with just four left to play.

At the final whistle, Abraham was the first to congratulate his centre-forward colleague, sprinting from the sidelines to embrace the Belgian on the pitch, and he paid tribute to Batshuayi’s ability to make the telling difference as a substitute.

‘When he missed the first chance, I knew we’d create another one,’ Abraham said after the game. ‘He would have been frustrated and we were all frustrated but luckily Christian [Pulisic] produced some magic on the left wing and put in a great cross, and Michy finished it. We knew we needed to win so we came here believing in each other and to get the goal at the end was massive for us.

‘These are the kind of performances that we need, coming away to such a great stadium and taking all three points. We had to stay patient because Ajax kept the ball well and created a lot of chances. It’s never easy to play them so we just had to stay together and that’s what we did.

‘We can go as far as possible. We’ve got a fantastic team, our togetherness is unreal and we just have to keep that fighting spirit now.’

A second successive clean sheet helped secure our sixth straight win in all competitions and Kurt Zouma, outstanding at centre-back alongside Fikayo Tomori, was understandably pleased with a successful shutout at the home of last term’s Champions League semi-finalists.

‘We know they have a lot of energy, they run a lot and they have some good players – [Hakim] Ziyech on the right and [Dusan] Tadic the striker,’ explained the Frenchman. ‘It wasn’t easy playing in a big stadium against a team who had won their first two games [in the Champions League].

‘They were very dangerous because they can keep the ball well and you could see in the game they were playing well but tactically we were very good. We were compact defensively and we had some good chances to score more goals so we were delighted with the win.’

Zouma felt such a significant victory was likely to make others sit up and take notice of this young Chelsea side, who now sit top of our Champions League group courtesy of the head-to-head record with Ajax, following Valencia’s 1-1 draw in Lille. However, he also insisted that the players would not be getting carried away and would continue to take it one game at a time.

‘I don’t know if it’s a special win or not but we’re just happy with the three points,’ he added. ‘We’re a dangerous team to play and that’s what we want to show people.

‘We wanted to send a message to everybody that Chelsea is still here, we’re still a big club and a big team. Even if we’re young, we can see the players we have are very talented - we just want to win the most games that we can and see what happens.’

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