Chelsea FC returned to winning ways as their defence of the UEFA Champions League title began in earnest, though the scoreline was harsh on competition newcomers FC Nordsjælland who played with heart and skill throughout.
Only three goals inside the last 11 minutes allowed the Londoners to breathe easily at a job well done. Juan Mata added to his first-half effort shortly after David Luiz had converted a free-kick, and while Ramires also got in on the act, the Danish champions had come close to equalising before the late rush.
We were not efficient enough. I don't think 4-0 is an accurate reflection. We played well but gave away the first and the third goals. You simply can't afford that at this level.
Mikkel Beckmann, Nordsjælland midfielder
They were a bit of an unknown [quantity] but we knew they played good football and we had to bide our time. We put the hard work in and the goals came in the end.
Frank Lampard, Chelsea midfielder
|1||J. Hansen (GK)||1||Čech (GK)|
|7||Stokholm (C)||4||David Luiz|
|16||Villadsen (GK)||22||Turnbull (GK)|
|Kasper Hjulmand (DEN)||Roberto Di Matteo (ITA)|
|Marijo Strahonja (CRO)|
|H||CFR Cluj||Man. United|