In our look at the latest Chelsea-related news stories from the media, BT Sport pundits discuss a memorable Champions League outing for the Blues, Ajax coach Erik ten Hag describes his disappointment after the game and Christian Pulisic has moved into first place in the Premier League’s weekly player power rankings.
These stories are samples pulled from external media sources. They do not represent the views or position of Chelsea Football Club.
Pundits on wild night at the Bridge
BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker described the match against Ajax as a ‘game that didn’t make much sense’ as he went through the video highlights in the aftermath of an eventful evening at the Bridge.
‘It shows you with football, you never know. Never give up,’ said the former England striker after the Blues came from 4-1 down to draw with the Dutch champions.
Lineker gave an apt description of the madcap spell midway through the second half when Ajax had Daley Blind and Joel Veltman sent off within seconds of each other before Jorginho despatched his second penalty of the night to reduce the deficit to 4-3.
‘All hell broke loose. It was Wild West football,’ he said
'We didn't have a clue what was going on,' former England defender Rio Ferdinand added. 'We were all sitting here asking questions and it was crazy. But we said during the half-time break that one of these centre-halves would get sent off because they were both on yellow cards.
'That was a bad tackle from Daley Blind (on Abraham) and definitely a bookable offence. And then the handball.'
The pundits were also raving about the performance of Reece James after he came on as a half-time substitute with Joe Cole likening his crossing ability to David Beckham.
‘When I was playing in America, I was coming back to keep fit and training with the Chelsea youth team and Reece was in it,’ said the former Blues star.
‘We were having a crossing and finishing session and sometimes with young kids, their technique can be a little bit erratic at times. But he was on the money all the time like Beckham, who was the very best at crossing from the right. He’s got that kind of technique.’
Ten Hag disappointed but proud after thriller
Goal.com reports Ajax coach Erik ten Hag felt his team deserved more out of Tuesday’s Champions League encounter at Stamford Bridge after they were pegged back by Chelsea in a thrilling 4-4 draw.
The Dutch side led 4-1 early in the second half but the Blues rallied for a share of the points after the visitors had been reduced to nine men following the double dismissal of defenders Daley Blind and Joel Veltman.
While Ajax managed to escape with a point after Cesar Azpilicueta’s apparent winner was ruled out by VAR, Ten Hag was far from pleased with the final outcome.
‘Am I angry? I am more disappointed,’ said the Ajax boss. ‘Disappointed in the result. But also, proud of the way we played, with 11 men but also with nine men.
‘Tonight, that is football, you have to accept it. How hard it might be. The positive thing you can take from this game is that we played great.
‘The decisions of the referee and VAR cannot be reversed but we have been punished very harsh tonight.
‘We are still top of the group. It’s hard to accept this result but we must look forward. We have all to play for and we must continue. I'm happy with the development from the team.’
Pulisic tops power rankings
Christian Pulisic has moved to the top of Sky Sports’ weekly player power rankings, which reflects the current form of players in the Premier League.
After scoring his fourth goal in two league matches for the Blues in our 2-1 win at Watford last weekend, the American leapfrogged the Leicester City trio of Jamie Vardy, Ben Chillwell and Ayoze Perez to take over in top spot.
Willian also remained in the top 10 at No.7 while Tammy Abraham moved up to No.19 after scoring his ninth goal of the season and setting up Pulisic’s strike at Vicarage Road.
The rankings is dominated by the Foxes with seven of the top 10 spots occupied by Leicester players after their 2-0 win at Crystal Palace, while Trent Alexander-Arnold is in eighth place after setting up Liverpool’s late winner at Aston Villa.