Emma Hayes wary of Ajax’s threat to Chelsea in Champions League

WSL champions visit Amsterdam in quarter-final‘They are a club with serious ambition in Europe’

Emma Hayes praised the development of Ajax and said their rise had come as no surprise, as she prepared her Chelsea side for Tuesday night’s first leg of the Champions League quarter-final in Amsterdam.

Ajax were the first Dutch team to make the group stage this season and then escaped a section with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Roma with three home wins at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. They welcome Chelsea as the ­underdogs, but their threat is real, said Hayes.

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