Chelsea earned their reward for a fine away performance, beating Ajax 1-0 through substitute Batshuayi’s close-range strike from a chance created by Pulišić, who emanated menace after coming on at Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam
The London club by this victory have drawn level with Ajax at the top of Group H.
The hosts, who suffer their first UEFA Champions League group stage defeat in ten matches and their first loss in any competition since May, will consider themselves unlucky, reflecting on Álvarez’s header that hit the post after half-time.
Reports Germany claim Jose Mourinho is ‘in talks with Borussia Dortmund as former Manchester United boss starts learning German’ in anticipation of a move to the Westfalenstadion.
He previously admitted that a job in the Bundesliga is not out the question.
He told la Gazzetta dello Sport in the summer: “Right now, I’m studying German. I am studying German because I miss this language. I speak English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian…
“Of course, I do not exclude anything, not even Germany.”
Mourinho has been out of the dugout since December last year when he was axed by Manchester United after overseeing a dismal start to the campaign at Old Trafford.
The former Chelsea boss is currently working as a pundit with Sky Sports but is keen to return to management and Dortmund are on his radar, according to German outlet Bild.
Current Dortmund boss Lucian Favre is not understood to be in any immediate jeopardy – but the German giants have made an inconsistent start to the campaign and chiefs are looking at the long-term picture, report the Daily Mirror.
The chance to challenge Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga dominance is something which could appeal to Mourinho, but he would be forced to take a significant drop in wages from the £24million-a-year he pocketed at United.
Dortmund currently sit top of their Champions League group, which contains both Barcelona and Inter Milan, ahead of their trip to the San Siro this evening.
They are fourth in the Bundesliga after eight games having won half of those and drawn a further three, suffering a solitary defeat.
Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori is eager to repay the faith shown to him by the Blues boss Frank Lampard when they face Ajax in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The 21-year-old defender spent last season under Lampard on loan at Derby and will make his third Champions League appearance on only his ninth senior start for Chelsea, having been called up by England for the first time earlier this month.
“Coming into the season, I just wanted to stamp my place in the team and the manager gave me an opportunity,” said Tomori.
“He’s carried on giving me opportunities. Even if I make mistakes or I’m not quite in the right position, he helps me out and he’s developed me a lot. He talks to me in training, so do the other players, and that helps me.
“This season has been good for me so far. It’s gone better than I probably expected it would go but I’m working hard day in, day out, trying to improve and help the team as much as I can.
“Getting the senior international call-up last month was great and now I just want to keep on going.”
Lampard’s side have won their last five matches in all competitions, including a 2-1 win away to Lille at the start of the month.
But they face a side who, barring a couple of high-profile summer departures, swept into the Champions League semi-finals last season and began this year’s campaign with back-to-back 3-0 victories, report SkySports.
“It will be a very tight one,” added Tomori. “Both teams are in good form and it’s a big game in the group.
“Ajax is a great club with big history, a great stadium, so we’re expecting a tough game.
“Games like these are where we can learn a lot but every game as a team we’re learning and every game throws up different challenges.
“So far, we’ve handled them well so hopefully we can do the same.”
Three Chelsea fans are facing lifetime bans for racially abusing a fellow supporter – with the club apologising for not acting sooner.
Jerome Bailey, 20, was sickeningly abused by fellow Blues supporters during a clash with Slavia Prague in April.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Bailey revealed: “It’s the result I wanted all along but it’s unfortunate and disappointing that it’s taken so long to get to this point.
“Maybe Chelsea need to look at how efficient their procedures are in this area.
“It’s good that zero tolerance is not an empty promise in this case. I just wanted to know that the team I follow cared a little.
“I didn’t feel like I should have been the one to approach the club – they should have been telling me what was happening.
“Chelsea had everything at their disposal [for the investigation]. It should have been simple to approach these guys and then move forward. I just wanted to get some closure and now it feels like I have.”