Reaction: Harder Than Expected

In the end it seemed like just another day in the office, but Chelsea were made to work hard by a spirited Nordsjaelland side who actually controlled the game better than Chelsea at times. Juan Mata made it 1-0 in the first half and it stayed that way till the 79th minute when David Luiz scored from a free-kick. However, the period between the first and second goal was a tense one for Chelsea fans as Nordsjaelland looked likely to score. But the floodgates opened once Luiz scored and both Mata and Ramires scored in quick succession to ensure all 3 points for Chelsea.

Robbie didn’t expect the game to be a stroll in the park. “I expected a difficult game. No matter what, they try to play their football, but it’s not easy. There are no pushovers, you see that from other results, the Champions League is difficult.

The most important aspect for us was to win, the fact we scored four and kept a clean sheet means it was an excellent result for us. Every game is different, it’s a difficult competition and away from home it’s not easy.”

He was full of praise for our opponents. “With every game they (Nordsjaelland) play they will learn, and I’m sure they will get some points. The way Kasper (Hjulmand) sees football is good for the club and they have a bright future.

‘They won the first title in their history and have some young, inexperienced players. It’s a question of time, but it’s good to see that they want to play football, he’s doing a very good job.”

On our qualification hopes, he said, “As I said before, it’s a difficult group, Shakhtar are a very good team and I imagine it will be a contest between the three sides.”

The trip to Denmark proved to be a little harder than expected. Nordsjaelland actually played a lot better than most people expected them to and even looked like getting an equalizer at one point. But once Luiz scored the match was as good as over. Goals from Mata and Ramires put the result beyond any doubt and Chelsea are now top of Group E with 4 points (Juventus and Shakhtar drew). While the result was definitely a positive one, the same cannot be said about the performance. While we started the game well enough, we seemed to lose the plot a bit as the game went on. Nordsjaelland didn’t make things any easier on us by playing an attacking brand of football. All in all, one can say that the result was a satisfactory one. Next up in the Champions League: a double header against Shakhtar Donetsk. Bring it on.

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22 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    It seems like d change in the system to 4-3-3 opened up the game for us to kill it off, dont you tink so?. Anyway. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROMAN'S BLUE ARMY. From Arthur Osadebe

  2. Anonymous says

    It seems like d change in the system to 4-3-3 opened up the game for us to kill it off, dont you tink so?. Anyway. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ROMAN'S BLUE ARMY. From Arthur Osadebe

  3. Anonymous says

    wonderful results frm de guys. …..wink!!!!,….wink! !!!….

  4. Anonymous says

    wonderful results frm de guys. …..wink!!!!,….wink! !!!….

  5. Zane says

    Nordsjaelland gained my respect. I'm very impressed by how they moved the ball about and how they kept us under pressure for most of the game in my opinion. Well done though by our boys. Torres was brilliant tonight.

  6. Zane says

    Nordsjaelland gained my respect. I'm very impressed by how they moved the ball about and how they kept us under pressure for most of the game in my opinion. Well done though by our boys. Torres was brilliant tonight.

  7. Amitesh says

    Romeu should have come as substitute instead of Mikel. The kid is talented. I hope RDM gives him a chance against Norwich. Moses was disappointing.

  8. Amitesh says

    Romeu should have come as substitute instead of Mikel. The kid is talented. I hope RDM gives him a chance against Norwich. Moses was disappointing.

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  11. Amitesh says

    Lampard played a lovely ball to Mata which he scored but Lamp brings unbalance to team. I was hoping for a match between Men Vs Boys but it did not happen. :/
    Torres was doing the tackle which is midfielders job. Torres will faint if he continues to do so. He should focus on goals not on defending.
    Romeu is more talented than Mikel.

  12. Amitesh says

    Lampard played a lovely ball to Mata which he scored but Lamp brings unbalance to team. I was hoping for a match between Men Vs Boys but it did not happen. :/
    Torres was doing the tackle which is midfielders job. Torres will faint if he continues to do so. He should focus on goals not on defending.
    Romeu is more talented than Mikel.

  13. Anonymous says

    We still need 2 improve.

  14. Anonymous says

    We still need 2 improve.

  15. Hope Umoh says

    The result was good but I think there was a missing link, Mikel. When he came in, we possessed the ball more. And moses should be played on the right wing. I would have love to see romeo play this game. All the same, well done RDM

  16. Hope Umoh says

    The result was good but I think there was a missing link, Mikel. When he came in, we possessed the ball more. And moses should be played on the right wing. I would have love to see romeo play this game. All the same, well done RDM

  17. Anonymous says

    Guys. I think Moses just had debut nerves man. It was his first game in Europe. Mikel has more experience to kill off a game defensively than Romeu does.

  18. Anonymous says

    Guys. I think Moses just had debut nerves man. It was his first game in Europe. Mikel has more experience to kill off a game defensively than Romeu does.

  19. Anonymous says

    Pls give Romeu chance. Give the Romeu chance to play, let him nt rust no the bench. The guy is talented. From Arthur Osadebe

  20. Anonymous says

    Pls give Romeu chance. Give the Romeu chance to play, let him nt rust no the bench. The guy is talented. From Arthur Osadebe

  21. Anonymous says

    Romeo should be a given a chance as well.

  22. Anonymous says

    Romeo should be a given a chance as well.

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