Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori has recognised the threat of Dusan Tadic ahead of the upcoming fixture against Ajax.
The Blues play away at Dutch giants Ajax on Wednesday evening in the Champions League group stages and know they will need to be on their A-game to get a positive result.
Frank Lampard’s team have won their last five games across all competitions, but that’s also a record shared by their upcoming opponents.
Ajax reached the semi-final of last season’s Champions League, where they were knocked out by Tottenham in dramatic fashion.
They did lose key players such as Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong in the summer, but still have a talented group of individuals that will be looking to make a statement in Europe once again.
Blues centre-back Tomori was asked about danger man Tadic and recognised his qualities.
“Last year in the Champions League, Ajax did so well and he (Tadic) was a very big part of that,’ Tomori said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“We know the kind of movements he likes to make. He’s not the typical number nine running in behind, he likes to play with the ball and link up with the whole team.
“Sometimes as a defender you have to make a decision on the spot and go in to mark, or sometimes you have enough time to communicate to the midfielders in front of you. I’m sure the game will throw up those different situations and we’ll have to deal with it and that’s just part of the game.”
Tadic is familiar to Premier League audiences after his time with Southampton, but he’s become a much improved player since and is included on this year’s Ballon d’Or shortlist.
The 30-year-old attacker is the Ajax captain that often plays as a false nine and is such a serious attacking threat.
He’s already scored nine goals and supplied 10 assists in 17 games across all competitions this season.
The left-footed dazzler is such a difficult opponent to mark and Chelsea’s backline will need to be smart to deal with his intelligent movement.