Ajax vs Chelsea Women | UEFA Champions League Preview
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Ajax vs Chelsea Women | UEFA Champions League Preview

18/03/24 04:42

Ajax women come into this tie on fine form, but can they hold off Chelsea? Who seem destined for Champions League glory in the 2020s.

Ajax women vs Chelsea women's Champions League

Ajax progressed through to this quarter-final tie after finishing second in Group C on 10 points. Their 2-1 victory over Roma at the end of January was enough to see them past the Italian side and Bayern Munich.

The home side this week have never won the UEFA Champions League. The furthest they’ve ever made it in the competition is the round of 16 in 2019.

Chelsea topped group D despite facing some tough opposition in Hacken, Paris FC and Real Madrid. They won 4 out of their 6 group games.

The Blues have also never won the competition but have made it much further than Ajax. In 2021, they were heart-breakingly thrashed 4-0 by Barcelona in the final, only to lose 2-1 on aggregate the following year in the semi-finals.

Ajax women vs Chelsea women stats

Ajax are second in the Netherlands Women’s league. They’re on 42 points, six behind league leaders Twente. Despite their position, they’re on fire at the moment. They’ve won their last 8 games in a row and haven’t lost in 9.

Romee Leuchter is their top goal scorer this season with 17 goals in just 20 games. Behind her is Hoekstra on nine conversions, and Grant on seven.

Leuchter is tied with Yohannes when it comes to the most assists this campaign, with 5.

Chelsea have just taken a huge step closer to another Women’s Super League title after their 3-1 win over Arsenal at the weekend. They are top of the league after 16 games, level on 40 points with Manchester City. They have won their last four games in a row.

So far this season, England star and brother to Daniel, Lauren James is Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions with 13 goals. Behind her is Sam Kerr on 9, and Sjoeke Nusekn on 6.

Johanna Rytting Kaneryd had the most assists for the Blues this season, with 7.

Ajax women vs Chelsea women line-ups

Ajax’s starting team in their last game, a 5-1 win over Jong Ajax:

Regina Van Ejik, Daliyah de Klonia, Soraya Verhoeve, Isa Kardinaal, Sherida Spitse, Milicia Keijzer, Danique Maria Noordman, Quinty Sabajo, Nadine Noordman, Jonna van de Velde and Chasity Grant.

The players that have played the most games for Ajax this season are:

Spitse, rosa van Gool, Ejik, Kay-lee de Sanders, Romee Leuchter, Grant, Tiny Hoekstra, Lily Yohannes, D Noordman, N Noordman and Kardinaal.

Chelse’s starting team in their last game, a 3-1 win over Arsenal in the Women’s Super League:

Hannah Hampton, Eve Perisset, Jess Carter, Kadeisha Buchanan, Niamh Charles, Erin Cuthbert, Melanie Leupolz, Johanna Rytting Kaneryd, Sjoeke Nusken, Guro Reiten and Lauren James.

The players that have played the most games for Chelsea this season are:

Charles, Nusken, Carter, Fran Kirby, Kaneryd, James, Cuthbert, Ashley Lawrence, Agnes Beever-Jones, Mia Fishel and Sophie Ingle.

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