Fernando Torres believes we must win against FC Nordsjaelland to get our Champions League campaign on track.
Having surrendered a two-goal lead at home to Juventus on matchday one a fortnight ago, we are under pressure in Denmark to register a first victory of the group stage as we defend the trophy we lifted in Munich in May.
We now face the Danish champions, who are playing at Parken, home of the national team, because their own stadium does not meet Uefa regulations, and Torres is only too aware they will be looking to make an impact after a 2-0 defeat at Shakhtar Donetsk in their previous European game.
‘We have experience from playing against FC Copenhagen two years ago, who did very well against us in both games, though we got the result, and we know this kind of team will like to play well, keep possession and the Champions League is a big chance for them to shine,’ said the 28-year-old Spaniard, who scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal.
‘It is always difficult to play away against this kind of team. We need to win this game for sure. After this we have two games against Shakhtar, who we know all about, and this team will be dangerous.
‘We don’t know much about them, but it will be a difficult match. Genk proved that last year. They are in the Champions League because they deserve to be and there are no bad teams in the competition, as we found last season.
‘With a good result from our first game we would be happy to draw this one, but now we need to win this game. If you have four points it is obviously better than one or two, so we have to be careful and these first three games are important.’
Nordsjaelland are currently third in the Danish league after 11 games, but already trail leaders Copenhagen by six points.