Nordsjaelland v Chelsea: Champions League preview

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Nordsjaelland v Chelsea

Farum Park, Copenhagen - Tuesday 2 October, 2012. 19:45 KO

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Roberto Di Matteo will field a strong Chelsea side against the Danish minnows, but will be without the services of Daniel Sturridge, who misses out with a hamstring problem.

His absence will almost certainly mean Fernando Torres maintains his 100 per cent record of starting every game for the Blues this season, while Frank Lampard is also expected to be recalled to the starting XI.

Meanwhile, Nordsjaelland were only formed in 1991 following a merger of two clubs from the eastern Danish town of Farum, and not a single member of their playing staff had previously sampled Champions League football prior to this season.

Cech happy with Chelsea away form

Petr Cech says Chelsea have no worries about their ability to perform away from home in the Champions League, as they prepare for tonight's clash against Nordsjaelland in Copenhagen.

The Blues ended their agonising wait for European glory with a memorable victory over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena, despite winning just one of their seven matches on the road in 2011/12.

Chelsea blew winning positions in four of those seven games - including all three group stage fixtures - but the goalkeeper remains confident that it will not be the same story this year, as the club looks to defend its crown.

"In the knock-out stages, we shrugged it off," Cech said. "That was the important part of our winning campaign. In the group stages, it wasn't the case. But things changed in the knockout stage. Even the results away from home changed.

"We'd like to continue from there and start with three points. But there's no obvious reason why it happened."

After blowing a two-goal lead in their opening Group E game against Juventus at Stamford Bridge, Cech admitted that three points this week holds even more importance.

"You want to win every game, home and away. At the start of every campaign, it's important to get as many points as possible from the start so you qualify early.

"That's the ideal situation. We want to get the points early."

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