Chelsea seal Champions League win
Chelsea continued their impressive form with a 4-0 away victory against the Danish side FC Nordsjælland. Juan Mata scored twice in a game that wasn’t quite as straightforward as the scoreline suggested. Chelsea held only a slender one goal lead until the last ten minutes, when their superior European experience brought them three late goals. Mata was outstanding throughout.
Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo identified an excellent save from Petr Cech as the key moment in the match. He got his fingertips to a goalbound shot from Joshua John. "It was a crucial save," Di Matteo said. "The Danes had nothing to lose at the time and, with the scoreline only 1-0, it was a dangerous time."
Di Matteo wanted to underline that the holders will have to work very hard to emerge from a complicated group. "There are no pushovers in the Champions League," he insisted. "The fact that Shakhtar Donetsk and Juventus drew in Turin shows exactly what I always thought: it's a difficult group. The Ukrainian champions are a very good team and it's going to be hard for us to qualify. But for us it was important to win here. The scoreline shows four goals scored and none conceded so that's pleasing."
John Terry was rested for the match, and Frank Lampard took over the captaincy. Lampard admitted that Chelsea had not always been relaxed in the match. "There was a bit of concern because this is Champions League football and they were creating half-chances at 1-0 and then hit the post," he said. "But we dominated once we scored that second goal and looked comfortable in the end."