Nicolas Tagliafico with a goal, assist for Ajax in Champions League –

Nicolas Tagliafico with a goal, assist for Ajax in Champions League -
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Amsterdam football club Ajax got off to a flying start in this season’s Champions League campaign with a 3-0 home win against Lille of France.

‘It was a great evening for Ajax and for the fans,’ coach Erik ten Hag told reporters after the game. ‘We played attractive football and we beat a strong opponent.’

This perhaps provides us with an early indication as to how Lilles Champions League group campaign could unfold, and having won just 2 of their last 10 Champions League ties overall, this could be an uncomfortable period for Lille who face Ajax tonight, but then have the likes of Chelsea and Valencia to follow.

‘However, I think we can do better,’ the trainer of last year’s semi-finalists said. ‘We have a lot of players who like to drive forward and there are times when you have put on the brake and keep possession longer.’

Uefa reporter Derek Brookman said after the game that there had been ‘slight trepidation’as to whether Ajax would be ready for the Champions League after losing three key players in this summer’s transfer season.

“We knew that it was going to be very tough. I think that we suffered a bit too much. We saw that, when we were able to play our way, we could put them in difficulty. Aside from that, we were not able to put away the chances that we had. They, they were very dangerous. We did our maximum. We have regrets. We could’ve scored a goal, I think. If we had been a little more pragmatic in front of goal, the score would have been different. We did not make them think enough sadly.”

‘But the answer is a resounding yes’,’ he said.  ‘Against a dogged and quick-to-counter Lille side they produced some sparkling combination football, creating hatfuls of chances and generally kept the tempo too high for the visitors to handle. An excellent start to their Group H campaign.’

Speaking to RMC, 28-year-old Lille midfielder Benjamin André reflected on the club’s 3-0 collapse against Ajax in the 1st round of the Champions’ League group stage.

Meanwhile, police say all but eight of the 300 Lille fans arrested prior to the game have been realised. They were mainly picked up for walking on the metro tracks and lighting fireworks, leading to metro services being cancelled.

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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard knows his side must get positive results in their coming Champions League games.

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Despite chances to win the match and a missed penalty, the Blues suffered a 1-0 home loss to Valencia in the first game of the group stages.

Ironically, it is the French opposition the first for the Ajax giants. They will still be slightly hurt by their departure to Tottenham last period, but the Eredivisie champions won a lot of applause along the way. While they have seen some summer changes, they have managed to keep many key members on the side of last season. Now they will face a great test of their character in this clash with Lille.

It is a tough blow for Lampard, who knows they must get three points in their next away games at Lille and Ajax.

He said the following to Chelseas official website after the Valencia game: “The reality of losing the first game at home makes the rest of the games more important, particularly when they come next back-to-back away from home [Lille and Ajax].

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