The prospect of facing the Danish club FC Nordsjaelland, who were making their debut in the Champions League, might seem an easy match. However, it is comparable to the Arsenal match during the weekend in terms of its importance over the course of the season. Following the 2-2 draw against Juventus in the first group match, it is imperative that Chelsea get three points from this fixture.
It is easier said than done because Chelsea have a very poor away record in the Champions League. It is not only in the last season that we have been over in Europe away from home. However, three points is essential from this match because following this we face the two strong opponents – Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus – over the next three matches.
The FC Nordsjaelland players and fans will certainly be pumped up for this match since it is the first ever Champions League group match that is being played at home.
The Chelsea manager has once again ruled out the striker Daniel Sturridge with a hamstring problem. David Luiz is unlikely to be risked the match after he went off injured in the match against Arsenal. It remains to be seen if Roberto di Matteo will give starts to Cesar Azpilicueta and Victor Moses. The former Wigan winger has done exceptionally well after coming on as a substitute in the last few matches and he deserves a start.
Here are some of the highlights of Roberto di Matteo’s preview of the match:
“For us it’s probably the most important game in the group because we drew the first game at home so it’s important we gain points away from home.
“We are putting a big emphasis on possession and as long as we have the ball then the opposition can’t score.
“He [Lampard] is a very important player for us. I’ve had conversations with him, which I do on a regular basis. He’s played magnificently last season and this season too so there are no concerns about him.”
Probable team line-ups:
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech, Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Lampard, Mikel, Hazard, Oscar, Mata, Torres
Kick-off: 19:45 (BST)