Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea: Key Players in Champions League Clash

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIOctober 1, 2012

July 28 2012; Miami, FL, USA;  Chelsea FC goalkeeper Petr Cech (1) during the first half   of the 2012 World Football Challenge against AC Milan at SunLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

October 2, represents the home opener for the Nordsjaelland Tigers, who are looking for respect within the UEFA. Unfortunately, their opponent is Chelsea.

The Blues enter as heavy favorites, but they can't let over confidence strike. This is still a fairly unknown Nordsjaelland team, who want nothing more than a big upset at home.

Here some of the key players for both teams. Any of these men could be a big difference maker in this one.




Petr Cech

As always, one of the most respected goal keepers in world will be a huge part of Chelsea's game.

Cech wasn't overly needed in the last win over Arsenal, but he still made some key stops in that one. Anytime you sneak away with a one-goal victory, you have to give some props to your keeper.

Nordsjaelland striker Mikkel Beckmann loves to drag defenders away from the goal, exposing the keeper. That puts more pressure on Cech, and makes him all the more crucial.

Juan Mata

Mata scored the game winner from a free kick in Chelsea's last match against Arsenal. It was the perfect cap to a strong performance in that one.

Still enjoying the benefits from a two-week break over the summer, Mata will look to continue his solid play against Nordsjaelland. He enters with two goals and four assists in three games.

If he can keep up the pace, Mata could find himself as one of Chelsea's most important players this season. His combination of skill and creativity make him a dangerous asset.



Joshua John

The Tiger's striker had seven goals during league play, which completely outpaced his teammates. But, he's yet to make a goal in the Champions League, as the team was shut out in their first game.

They need him to get going in this one against Chelsea, as he's an important part of their attack.

Jores Okore

The young center back is a leader for this young Nordsjaelland defense, and he'll be crucial in stopping the overwhelming Chelsea attack.

Okore had a strong game against Shakhtar, and he'll need another.

The Tiger's like to attack up the sides, and it often leaves there center at the mercy of opposing attackers. If Okore can hold his own again, he should be able to limit The Blue's effectiveness.



All-in-all this should be a coast for Chelsea. However, The Blues know to never underestimate an underdog.

This should be an exciting game to watch, as Nordsjaelland attempts to make a splash on their home turf. With such a great atmosphere to this game, they key players will become that much more important.


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