The third game week of the 2019/20 season of the UEFA Champions League saw the top two teams in Group E battle it out at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Last seasons surprise semifinalists, Ajax, welcomed last seasons Europa League winners, Chelsea, for a fantastic showdown. Both managers have been hailed for their attractive playstyles and their ability to use homegrown and academy talent. In the end, Chelsea came on top with a 0-1 victory that sealed their place at the top of the group for now. This tactical analysis will use analysis to look at the tactics both teams employed and how Chelsea came on top in a very tight affair.

Lineups

UEFA Champions League 2019/20: Ajax vs Chelsea - tactical analysis tactics
Lineups (via Wyscout).

Ajax currently sit top of the Eredivisie and have been unbeaten so far in all competitions. It is fair to say that despite losing both Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong, Erik ten Hag has still been able to get the most out of a very talented Ajax side. Last years semi-finalists lined up in a 4-2-3-1 formation. André Onana started in goal with a back four in front of him that consisted of Sergiño Dest, Joël Veltman, Daley Blind, and Nicolás Tagliafico. The double-pivot in midfield consisted of Edson Álvarez and Lisandro Martínez, with Hakim Ziyech, Donny van de Beek, and Quincy Promes situated in front of them.

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