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Stamford Bridge

Wed 05 Dec 2012 19:45 (Attendance: 40,084)


As Stamford Bridge prepares for a night of divided attention, club historian Rick Glanvill and club statistician Paul Dutton study Matchday Six...

It's not over yet. The corpulent dame may be gargling in her dressing room, but unless Shakhtar - formidable at the Donbass Arena - fail to beat Juventus, Chelsea need to see off the Danes of Nordsjaelland to keep our Champions League defence alive.

It eems churlish to dwell on the unwelcome milestone of becoming the first winners of this format to bow out after the first phase next season. Other clubs may consider qualifying for the knockout phase a trophy in itself: the fact is that we are still able to call ourselves champions of Europe.

In any case some of the continent's most fabled sides have fallen at the first hurdle in defence of their European crown: Real Madrid in 1960, Celtic 1967, Feyenoord 1970, Ajax 1973, Liverpool 1978, Nottingham Forest 1980, Hamburg 1983, and Dinamo Bucharest 1986.

Shakhtar Donetsk have won their last 16 home games in all competitions in a run stretching back to March.

So let's still believe Chelsea's name is on this Champions League trophy this season - if only because it was engraved there in May.

'First of all we have to do our job,' midfielder Juan Mata reminded everyone yesterday. He also made it clear the players are aware of the atmosphere in the stands.

As fans we cannot affect events in the Ukraine - they will be relayed to nervous supporters via the big screens in the stadium and the apps on phones. But we can ensure the backing of the team to help them do what is necessary and gain the three points.

Nordsjaelland may have several Chelsea supporters in their ranks - there were plenty in the Parken stands in October - but they will be anxious to capitalise on the hosts' dented confidence and increase their haul of just one point from the five group games to date. This is their penultimate match before a three-month winter break.

Should the night not go our way the Blues will play Europa League football from February, with perhaps the opportunity to knock Tottenham out of Europe again en route to a final in Amsterdam.

Clutching at straws, the former UEFA Cup is the one piece in UEFA's silverware collection that has eluded us to date.

If the worst does happen, the Blues will not be out of Europe's elite competition because of tonight's results alone. Perhaps the crucial result was Juventus at home (pictured below), in which the Blues surrendered a two-goal advantage to draw 2-2. That swung the group Juve's way by three points and put the champions on the back foot. A win tonight could still transform the season.

Chelsea v Juventus

The Club World Cup, the competition to which Chelsea fly out next week, actually starts tomorrow evening (Thursday 6 December) with host nation Japan's representatives Hiroshima facing Oceania champions Auckland City of New Zealand in Yokohama.

With heavy heart we recall the disappointing second-half performance at the Boleyn Ground. Credit Sam Allardyce for his game-changing substitutions, but that was the first time in a decade and half that the Blues have succumbed 1-3 in the league having led 1-0 at half-time.

The match on Wednesday 9 April 1997 - four days before a more crucial FA Cup semi-final - was at Coventry City, and it was 40-year-old player-manager Gordon Strachan, along with forwards Dion Dublin and Peter Ndlovu, who dismantled Ruud Gullit's Chelsea in the second period.

Part of the fallout from that debacle was a war of words, fought largely on Italian sports pages, between Gullit and his disgruntled striker Gianluca Vialli. 'I just want to forget about this and do what we have to do against Wimbledon,' said the Dutchman, and his team carried out that plan expertly, winning the semi-final 3-0, then famously beating Boro at Wembley.

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Other Group E fixture
Tue 7.45pm - Shakhtar Donetsk v Juventus

We have to win and Shakhtar Donetsk have to beat Juventus to ensure Chelsea progress to the last 16.

Champions League Group E table
P W D L F A Pts
Shakhtar Donetsk 5 3 1 1 12 7 10
Juventus 5 2 3 0 11 4 9
Chelsea 5 2 1 2 10 9 7
FC Nordsjaelland 5 0 1 4 3 16 1

Champions League top scorers
Alan (Braga) 5
Burak Yilmaz (Galatasaray) 5
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 5
Lionel Messi (Barcelona) 5
Oscar (Chelsea) 4
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke) 4
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund) 4
Roberto Soldado (Valencia) 4
Willian (Shakhtar Donetsk) 4

The draw for the Champions League last 16 and Europa League last 32 will be made on Thursday 20 December starting at 10.30am and 1pm respectively.

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It's all about two wins tonight - for Chelsea and Shakhtar. We look at lessons learned from the previous match against Nordsjaelland in October.

Key battles
Whatever happens in the Donbass Arena between Shakhtar and Juve, Chelsea have a tricky task of beating a lively Danish team that is under no pressure and can play freely.

They like to work the ball forward swiftly and have a number of strong, technical players. Particularly impressive in Denmark was Jores Okore, but he will miss tonight's game having torn a thigh muscle. The athletic centre-back was a forceful presence for much of the game, despite falling foul of Nordsjaelland's high-risk strategy of playing the ball out from the back.

It is a policy that could again prove costly with the Stamford Bridge crowd bearing down on them.

It was Okore's pass to Enoch Adu that allowed Fernando Torres to steal the ball and feed Frank Lampard, who set up Juan Mata for Chelsea's opener. The Chelsea centre-forward had a lively game that night, without scoring - he hit the net once from an offside position and worked a couple of one-on-ones with Jesper Hansen.

Nordsjaelland v Chelsea

On Saturday West Ham seemed alert to Chelsea's desire to feed Torres goals and mobbed him whenever the ball came near. He eluded them enough to set up Juan Mata's goal (his eighth of the season in all competitions) but was often crowded out.

Mata netted twice in Copenhagen, the second from another wonderful passing move. Yet the 4-0 scoreline does not tell the full story. Chelsea's pressing in the early stages had confined the Danes to quarters but it did not endure and the hosts rallied strongly.

With nippy Dutchman Joshua John causing problems, cutting in down the Chelsea right against Ramires and Branislav Ivanovic, several chances were created for the Nordsjaelland forwards. When they were not squandering the openings they found Petr Cech and Ashley Cole blocking their route to the net.

Rafael Benítez may be concerned that this flank was the source of many problems at the Boleyn Ground too.

Attacking midfielder Oscar started on the bench against the Hammers but is Chelsea's top scorer in this competition with four goals in five games. He failed to find the net at Parken but was at his scheming best and assisted Mata and Ramires's late strikes.

Three of the Blues' four goals in Copenhagen came in the last 12 minutes of normal time as the Danes appeared to tire. They have one more league game after this match before taking their extended winter break.

David Luiz is available after his domestic suspension, but Daniel Sturridge, John Terry and Frank Lampard, skipper in the reverse fixture, remain on the sidelines.

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Chelsea and FC Nordsjaelland had never met before this season. October 2 was an historic night for the Danes - their first-ever home match in Europe's elite competition.

Chelsea's first competitive European fixture was against Danish opposition BK Frem in September 1958 in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

Frem was essentially a composite team of Copenhagen clubs' amateur players. Ted Drake's Blues had won the first leg 3-1, and the return at the sparsely-attended Bridge (there were just over 13,000 present) witnessed a frantic opening. Frem's 34-year-old centre-half George Lees, a Shropshire man married to a Dane and settled in Copenhagen, slid the ball into his own net attempting to clear after just five minutes' play.

Right from the kick off, though, Chelsea were caught napping as Soren Anderson crossed for inside forward Willy Schone to head past Reg Williams.

Half an hour later Schone tumbled under the Blues keeper's clumsy challenge and a penalty was awarded. Winger Jens Hansen took it and Williams made amends by turning his fierce effort round for a corner.

Ten minutes later, on the stroke of half-time, Jimmy Greaves (pictured below) restored Chelsea's advantage. The prodigious youngster drifted past three players before firing into the net.


The second half was live on BBC TV and the Blues at last turned on the style for the viewing public. Still, for all the chances created, two goals in two minutes midway through the second half sufficed to settle the tie. Greaves added a third before Peter Sillett fired in a powerful free kick to make a final score of 4-1.



Chelsea's biggest home win in the Champions League
19/10/2011 - Chelsea 5-0 KRC Genk - Group stage

Nordsjaelland's biggest away win in Europe
17/07/2008 - TVMK Tallinn 0-3 FC Nordsjaelland - UEFA Cup 1st qual rd

Chelsea won the Champions League: 200
Shakhtar Donetsk failed to win at home: 276
Arsenal won a trophy: 2,755
Liverpool won the league: 8,250

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The Blues have not won in six matches (three draws, three defeats).

Chelsea have won seven and drawn one of our last eight home games in the Champions League.

The Blues are unbeaten in 28 Champions League group matches (21 wins, seven draws) at Stamford Bridge since our last defeat in October 2003, against Beşiktaş.

We have lost only two of our last 35 home Champions League matches (including 25 victories) since 2006.

The Blues have topped our group in seven of our last nine Champions League campaigns. We have never failed to progress to the knockout stage.

Chelsea's home record against Danish teams
1958/59 BK Frem W 4-1 Fairs Cup 1st round 1st leg (won 7-2 on agg)
1998/99 FC Copenhagen D 1-1 Cup Winners' Cup 2nd round 2nd leg (won 2-1 on agg)
2010/11 FC Copenhagen D 0-0 Champions League round of 16 1st leg (won 2-0 on agg)


Chelsea's last ten years in Europe
2002/03 - UEFA Cup - first round
2003/04 - Champions League - semi-final
2004/05 - Champions League - semi-final
2005/06 - Champions League - round of 16
2006/07 - Champions League - semi-final
2007/08 - Champions League - runners-up
2008/09 - Champions League - semi-final
2009/10 - Champions League - round of 16
2010/11 - Champions League - quarter-final
2011/12 - Champions League - winners


Last six results
Nov 11 Liverpool (h) D 1-1
Nov 17 West Brom (a) L 1-2
Nov 20 Juventus (Champions League a) L 0-3
Nov 25 Manchester City (a) D 0-0
Nov 28 Fulham (h) D 0-0
Dec 1 West Ham (a) L 1-3


Champions League scorers
Oscar 4, Mata 2, D Luiz 1, Moses 1, Ramires 1, Torres 1. Total 10

Chelsea's next three games
Sat 8 Dec Sunderland away 3pm
Thu 13 Dec Ulsan Hyundai or Monterrey - Yokohama (FIFA Club World Cup semi-final) 10.30am UK time

Sun 16 Dec

FIFA Club World Cup final or 3/4 play-off - Yokohama kick off TBA

If selected, Ashley Cole will make his 100th career Champions League appearance.

Our next goal with be our 50th of the season. Today is our 26th match.

Founded as Farem BK on 1 January 1991 from the merger of two football clubs, Farum Idræts Klub and Stavnsholt Boldklub, in March 2003 Farem BK was bought by AKB Holding and was re-branded as FC Nordsjælland.

Major honours
1 league title in 2012
2 Danish Cups in 2010 and 2011

By winning on the final day of last season FC Nordsjaelland won their first Danish Superliga title beating runners-up FC Copenhagen by two points.

FC Nordsjaelland have played four previous campaigns in Europe in the UEFA Cup and Europa League but only managed to get through to the first round proper twice.

They are without a victory in 11 European games home and away, losing nine. Their last win was 2-1 at home to Queen of the South in the 2008/09 UEFA Cup second qualifying round.

Last season they were knocked out of the Europa League by Sporting Lisbon in the play-offs.

Their complete record in Europe is played 19, won six, drawn two, lost 11.

It is the Danish champions' first competitive meetings against English opposition.

Saturday's Danish Superliga victory against Brøndby maintained a nine-point gap from leaders FC Copenhagen.

Nordsjaelland have lost two of their last three away games

Last ten league seasons
Pos Level
2002/03 3rd 1
2003/04 9th 1
2004/05 10th 1
2005/06 9th 1
2006/07 5th 1
2007/08 9th 1
2008/09 8th 1
2009/10 7th 1
2010/11 6th 1
2011/12 1st 1


FC Nordsjaelland's European record
2003/04 - UEFA Cup first round
2008/09 - UEFA Cup first round
2010/11 - Europa League third qualifying round
2011/12 - Europa League play-offs

Champions League results
Sep 19 Shakhtar Donetsk (a) L 0-2
Oct 2 Chelsea (h) L 0-4
Oct 23 Juventus (h) D 1-1
Nov 7 Juventus (a) L 0-4
Nov 20 Shakhtar Donetsk (h) L 2-5

Champions League scorers Beckmann 1, Lorentzen 1, Nordstrand 1.

Last six domestic results
Oct 31 Midtjylland (Cup h) L 2-3
Nov 3 SønderjyskE (a) W 2-1
Nov 10 Randers (h) D 2-2
Nov 16 Aarhus (a) W 2-0
Nov 25 Esbjerg (a) L 0-1
Dec 2 Brøndby IF (h) W 3-0

Danish Superliga scorers: John 9, Lorentzen 4, Stokholm 4 (1 pen), Beckmann 3, Christensen 3, Parkhurst 3, Laudrup 2, Nordstrand 2, Okore 2, Christiansen 1, Gytkjaer 1, Mtiliga 1, Tičinović. Total 36.

Champions League results
Sep 19 Shakhtar Donetsk (a) L 0-2
Oct 2 Chelsea (h) L 0-4
Oct 23 Juventus (h) D 1-1
Nov 7 Juventus (a) L 0-4
Nov 20 Shakhtar Donetsk (h) L 2-5




Danish Superliga top five
Pld Gd Pts
1 FC Copenhagen 19 +26 44
2 FC Nordsjaelland 19 +19 35
3 Aalborg BK 18 +12 32
4 Odense BK 19 +8 31
5 AGF Aarhus 18 +5 26


Referee Bas Nijhuis, his two assistant referees and two additional assistant referees are all from the Netherlands. This will be Nijhui's third Champions League game. The referee in the other Group E game is the more experienced Jonas Eriksson of Sweden - the man who officiated our historic win at Porto in November 2009.

There are no suspensions.

Champions League bookings list
Players receive a one-match suspension for collecting three and five yellow cards
FC Nordsjaelland (11): Mtiliga 2, Runje 2, Adu 1, Christensen 1, Christiansen 1, Hansen 1, John 1, Lorentzen 1, Parkhurst 1.
Chelsea (5): D Luiz 2, Ramires 2, Cole 1

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Chelsea v FC Nordsjaelland


  • 1
    Petr Cech
  • 2
    Branislav Ivanovic
  • 4
    David Luiz
  • 24
    Gary Cahill
  • 3
    Ashley Cole Substitution
  • 6
    Oriol Romeu
  • 7
    Nascimento Ramires Substitution
  • 17
    Eden Hazard
  • 10
    Juan Mata Substitution
  • 13
    Victor Moses
  • 9
    Fernando Torres


  • 28
    Cesar Azpilicueta
  • 21
    Marko Marin
  • 34
    Ryan Bertrand Substitution
  • 12
    John Mikel
  • 22
    Ross Turnbull
  • 11
    Emboaba Oscar Substitution
  • 19
    Paulo Ferreira Substitution
Shots on Target
Shots off Target
Most fouls
Yellow Cards
Red Cards


  • 1
    Jesper Hansen
  • 23
    Substitution Mario Ticinovic
  • 18
    Michael Parkhurst
  • 21
    Substitution Ivan Runje
  • 8
    Patrick Mtiliga
  • 19
    Mark Gundelach
  • 7
    Nicolai Stokholm
  • 6
    Enoch Adu
  • 5
    Substitution Anders Christiansen
  • 15
    Joshua John
  • 20
    Kasper Lorentzen


  • 10
    Substitution Mikkel Beckmann
  • 25
    David Jensen
  • 31
    Kristian Lindberg
  • 43
    Andreas Maxso
  • 4
    Substitution Henrik Kildentoft
  • 22
    Andreas Laudrup
  • 24
    Substitution Kamal Issah

Chelsea vs FC Nordsjaelland Highlights

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Chelsea 6-1 FC Nordsjaelland
Match Highlights from Stamford Bridge
10:2 min


A record Champions League victory, complete with some sparkling football, was not enough to see us through to this competition's knockout stages.

The fact Juventus won at Shakhtar Donetsk means we finish third in Group E, and will now take part in the reformatted Europa League for the first time.

It renders an impressive display at Stamford Bridge relatively meaningless, though we did for the first time score six in a Champions League fixture, with goals coming from a David Luiz penalty after both sides had already missed from the spot, two from Fernando Torres, who had not scored in a month, and one apiece from Gary Cahill (pictured below), Juan Mata and Oscar, following four goals in 20 second-half minutes after Nordsjaelland had pulled one back immediately from the kick-off.

Chelsea v Nordsjaelland

The result brings a first win for Rafael Benitez, but the night will be remembered as the one the previous season's Champions League winners bowed out for the first time at the group stage.

Team news
David Luiz, suspended for the weekend defeat at West Ham, returned to central defence alongside Cahill, as Branislav Ivanovic switched to right-back.

That meant no place for Cesar Azpilicueta, who was on the bench, while Oriol Romeu replaced John Mikel Obi in midfield. The front four was unchanged, with Victor Moses keeping his place ahead of Oscar.

Ashley Cole was playing the 100th Champions League game of his career.

First half
As much as we needed the result in Donetsk to go our way, there was a job to be done at home too. Failure to qualify for the knockout stages would be one thing, but failure to beat the group's weakest side at the Bridge quite another.

The early stages were interrupted with an injury to Nordsjaelland's Ivan Runje, but when it resumed Chelsea looked dangerous, first when Moses's powerful volley was saved at the near post by the visiting keper Jesper Hansen, and then after Fernando Torres had burst into the box and fired hard and low.

Hansen then saved from David Luiz before the defender was forced to divert the ball behind at the other end, only for the Blues to break as Torres brought the ball forward and played in Juan Mata, whose square ball was diverted goalwards by Eden Hazard, the goalkeeper once again able to save.

It was certainly entertaining as Chelsea sought to bring some warmth to a bitterly cold London evening.

Romeu, Hazard and Mata all combined and almost played in Torres, before Moses squared across goal and Nordsjaelland captain Nicolai Stokholm diverted over via his own crossbar.

The away side were riding their luck, and they were given a huge boost on the half-hour when Cahill was adjudged to have handled inside the area. There was little the defender could do, though his arm was raised, yet repays showed he had been outside the penalty area.

Stokholm stepped up, and sent the kick to Petr Cech's right, but not many spot kicks seem to beat our number one these days, and he pushed it away to safety.

Chelsea v Nordsjaelland

Three minutes later and we had a penalty of our own, Cahill winning it this time as sub Mikkel Beckmann was penalised for handball. Hazard claimed the ball, and confidently placed it low to the keeper's left, but Hansen guessed right and was able to save.

Staggeringly, five minutes later we were awarded another penalty as Beckmann blocked Mata's drive with his hand, and this time David Luiz took responsibility, and fired high into the top corner of the net.

For all the showmanship and enterprising play of the first half, it had taken a penalty to put us ahead.

The wait for a second would not be a long one, coming in first-half injury time as Moses threaded Torres through, and the striker tapped into an empty net after Hansen had saved his initial effort.

Chelsea looked well in control, but Shakhtar and Juventus were still level out in Ukraine.

Second half
Nobody in west London would have predicted what happened at the start of the second period, as within 20 seconds Nordsjaelland struck back, left-winger Joshua John latching on to Kasper Lorentzen's lofted pass to clip over Cech and into the net.

The goalkeeper will be frustrated at losing his clean sheet but concern for the result did not last long, as Cahill leapt high to head an inswinging Mata free-kick into the corner of the net just moments later, restoring the two-goal lead.

The goals kept coming.

Chelsea v Nordsjaelland

The lead became three five minutes later, as Hazard progressed down the left, as he had done numerous times already, and got to the bye-line, squaring for Torres to prod home a fourth of the night, and a second for himself.

Then Ramires won possession as Nordsjaelland tried to break, and with the Danes low on numbers at the back, the Brazilian fed Mata who drove forward, exchanged passes with Hazard and shot, seeing his first effort hit Hansen's leg before firing in the rebound. If the Blues were going out, we were going to do so with a show.

Mata was gifted possession midway inside the away side's half, and he was able to instinctively pick out substitute Oscar's run, and the Brazilian made no mistake as he side-footed past the keeper and into the bottom corner. Celebrations, however, were subdued, with the news having filtered through that Juventus had taken the lead in Donetsk.

Chelsea v Nordsjaelland

Mata was brought off to rapturous applause after another night of playmaking perfection, and the change saw Paulo Ferreira introduced, with perhaps more interestingly David Luiz pushed forward into midfield alongside Romeu, who had been faultless all evening.

Torres might have had a penalty after being bundled over inside the area while Oscar's drive was tipped over by Hansen and David Luiz looped a free-kick just too high as Chelsea looked for more. Already we had scored a club record number of Champions League goals in one night.

Torres and Mata combined with a rabona and a back flick to work Hansen some more, but that was the end of the excitement, and a fine display was met with applause, but an overall feeling of disappointment at the final whistle.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Cech (c); Ivanovic, Cahill, David Luiz, Cole (Bertrand 60); Ramires (Oscar 64), Romeu; Moses, Mata (Ferreira 74), Hazard; Torres.
Unused subs Turnbull, Azpilicueta, Mikel, Marin.
Goals David Luiz (pen) 38, Torres 45+1, 56, Cahill 50, Mata 63, Oscar 70
Booked David Luiz 89

Nordsjaelland (4-2-3-1): Hansen; Ticinovic (Issah 64), Parkhurst, Runje (Beckmann 9), Mtiliga; Stokholm (c), Adu; Gundelach, Christiansen (Kildentoft 60), John; Lorentzen
Unused subs Jensen, Maxso, Laudrup, Lindberg.
Goal John 46
Booked Christiansen 36,Parkhurst 50, Mtiliga 84

Referee Bas Nijhuis from Holland
Attendance 40,084

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Matchday Programme

PSG - 8/4/14 - MOURINHO

We begin this second leg knowing exactly what we need to do to progress...

PSG - 8/4/14 - JT

These are the big games, the big nights we all dreamed of as kids growing up, and we need big performances all round tonight if we are to go through...


We have another big derby game today...

ARSENAL - 22/3/14 - JT

What a great night Tuesday was...


Before we talk about Galatasaray and Didier's return, I want to say how gutted we were to lose three points at Villa on Saturday evening...


Tonight, we return to the Champions League and we, like Manchester United, find ourselves in a difficult position, where we are left to defend English football in Europe...


At the moment, we are top of the league with three points more than Manchester City - or the same points if they win their game in hand...

EVERTON - 22/2/14 - JT

We go into this game top of the league and, with our match being the early kick-off this weekend, a win here against Everton is vital...


Are you happy with our players' performance at Manchester City? If so, show them today!


Monday night was a brilliant performance and a great result for us...


Tonight we go into a difficult game against West Ham understanding the importance of ensuring we take three points from this London derby...

WEST HAM UNITED- 29/01/14 - JT

After a good win over Stoke in the FA Cup, we come back to the league today with a London derby and we are determined to keep our winning streak going now...


Today, we play against the champions. We don't play against a team that is 11 points away from the leaders, we play versus Manchester United...

MAN UNITED - 19/01/14 - JT

We are back at Stamford Bridge today after three away games on the spin, from which we've picked up three important wins...