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Jorginho has warned his Chelsea team-mates they must learn from their mistakes in Europe or risk throwing away a shot at the Champions League knockout stages following a chaotic 4-4 draw with Ajax.

The Blues, who impressively beat last season’s semi-finalists 1-0 in Amsterdam a fortnight ago, could not match the hard-fought performance in the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge. They looked well beaten at 3-1 down before the interval, then Donny van de Beek added a fourth early in the second half.

The burgeoning defensive partnership between Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori had been left in tatters by Qunicy Promes and Hakim Ziyech, the latter particularly impressive as he tormented the Blues back line. 

Two red cards, for Daley Blind and Joel Veltman, and a penalty, again converted by Jorginho, awarded by referee Gianluca Rocchi across one second-half minute allowed Chelsea back into the game after Cesar Azpilicueta’s goal had offered faint hope to the Blues support. 

Despite having more than 20 minutes to win the game against nine men, Chelsea, who were denied a winner by VAR, came away with a draw meaning this month’s meeting with Valencia takes on greater importance in their bid to make the knockout stages. Valencia beat Chelsea 1-0 at Stamford Bridge in their opening game and Jorginho has warned his team-mates they cannot offer up the same chances as they did to Ajax on Tuesday.

”We didn’t win and we should have done,” said Jorginho. ”In this situation when you are with two more players, I think we could win and we should.

”[We have learnt] that we cannot make mistakes, [at] this level of football you can’t. Every single mistake we can lose the game. We could play with more calm when we had two more players, not go for goals straight away, pass a little bit more to find space. I think we learnt that we can improve from this game.

”I think the most important thing is we didn’t give up. When it was 4-1, it is hard to believe and we did. It is so important for us.”

Moments before the game-changing decision to dismiss two Ajax players, Blind appeared to have been brought down by Matteo Kovacic, leaving Ajax captain Dusan Tadic raging that the officials ’stole everything’ from the Dutch champions.

”We had 4-1 and everything in control and then one man [the referee] stole everything from us,” said Tadic. ”We are disappointed because we should just talk about Ajax and how we play nice football because we cannot because one guy comes and stole everything.

”It is disappointing because I don’t like to make excuses, talk about other people. We should just talk about how Ajax were much better than Chelsea, but we can’t because one man destroyed our game.”