Nordsjaelland vs. Chelsea: Blues Face Must-Win Match Versus Danish Champions

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 19: Fabio Quagliarella of Juventus has a shot at goal during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Chelsea and Juventus at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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Chelsea face a must-win Champions League match against Danish champions Nordsjaelland on Tuesday as the Blues search for their first win of their European campaign.

The English club is enjoying great success domestically, currently sitting atop the Premier League table with 16 points.

Chelsea will be looking to continue this fine form in European play, and on Tuesday, they will take on Champions League newcomers in Nordsjaelland.

After drawing 2-2 with Italian club Juventus at Stamford Bridge two weeks ago, Chelsea now need to take all three points away from home at Farum Park.

The Blues are in a difficult group, which also includes talented Ukrainian club Shakhtar Donetsk, who made an impressive Champions League run two years ago. We saw Manchester United drop too many points in last year's Champions League group stage, and as a result, they surprisingly did not advance to the knockout stage.

Chelsea have to make the most out of their two group-stage matches against the weakest and most inexperienced club in the group, Nordsjaelland.

Roberto Di Matteo's club must take an early lead against Nordsjaelland and destroy their confidence before halftime.

Nordsjaelland is not playing their best football right now. They have just one win, two draws and a defeat in their last four league matches. The club also lost its first Champions League match of the group stage to Shakhtar 2-0.

These are three very important points for Chelsea, and if they drop points again, the club could be in danger of not advancing to the knockout stages of the competition, which would be catastrophic just one year after the club captured its first-ever European crown.

Chelsea must give a strong performance on Tuesday and take another step closer to the Round of 16. Failing to win all three points against Nordsjaelland could be a devastating setback in the Blues' quest to repeat as European champions, which is arguably the toughest challenge in club football.