Ahead of Chelsea’s Champions League tie with FC Copenhagen tomorrow, A
First of all, how did you get involved with the club?
I am an English student from the University of Leeds, studying in Copenhagen for a year. Like any football fan, I checked out the website of what would become my local club – FC Copenhagen – and realised the English section was rather bare. So, rather than buy a season ticket, I emailed the club asking if I could write for them, and they accepted.
When the draw was made, Chelsea fans may have anticipated their progression being a foregone conclusion. What is the feeling around Copenhagen ahead of the tie?
I remember listening to BBC 5Live immediately after the draw, and the presenters all just laughed at Chelsea v Copenhagen – dismissed it as a bye – and went on to talk about Arsenal. Of course one can see why when you compare the teams, but a complete lack of awareness of how far FCK have come may be dangerous.
The feeling is certainly one of eager anticipation, mixed with ‘positive pessimism’. The club could have sold PARKEN stadium out five times over for this one. Fans appreciate the club is the underdog, but then again – having never progressed this far in the UEFA Champions League before – the feeling is ‘why can’t we go further?’
When Barcelona came to PARKEN and scored after 29 minutes, reality slightly smacked the club in the face. Luckily, Copenhagen ran down the other end and equalised a minute later. There is precedent for rocking the big-team boat in this competition; the club beat Manchester United 1-0 back in 2006.
The club have a former Chelsea player in their ranks in Jesper Gronkjaer, but is there anyone else we should keep an eye on?