Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hailed his current young team, including Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori following their latest success in Amsterdam.
Chelsea secured a vital away victory against in form and last season’s semi finalist Ajax Amsterdam in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions league.
The victory is the Blues second from three Group game and four in a roll after a stuttering start to the current season.
Frank Lampard handed five players, aged 21 or younger including Abraham and Tomori, their Champions League debuts for Chelsea in the club’s first two games this season – the most by a team in a single season in the competition’s history.
After Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi came off the bench against the high flying last season’s semi-final, Lampard says the youngsters have now come of age.
“I’m delighted with every element of the performance,” said the Blues boss.
“I think we’re allowed to be excited tonight. That’s the blueprint. There are no excuses for us now. That’s the standard and we can’t drop it.
“The young players are still babies in terms of Champions League minutes so this was a huge test for them.
“There was a good balance of young players and experience. We need to realise the things that made that happen tonight because Ajax are a top, top team.”
While Abraham is not longer eligible to switch allegiance to Nigeria, following his involvement in England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers defeat to Czech Republic.
Tomori is still eligible to represent Nigeria due to Gareth Southgate’s decision to leave him on bench in both qualifiers.