Cech wants early Champions League progression for Chelsea

The Czech Republic shot-stopper is hoping to dominate the group early on so the club can concentrate on other matches, but warns they will not be taking their opposition lightly
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech wants his side to qualify from their Champions League group as quickly as possible, but insists they will retain their focus against Danish minnows FC Nordsjaelland.

Roberto Di Matteo's men are expected to overcome the Copenhagen easily easily on Tuesday night, however the Czech Republic international insists the side will not rest on their laurels and will treat the game like any other.

"At the start of every campaign it's important to get as many points as possible early on to qualify, then you can concentrate on the other games, that's the ideal situation," Cech told the club's official website.
16/1 Chelsea are 16/1 with bet365 to beat Nordsjaelland 4-0 on Tuesday

"We will treat the game exactly the same as our last games. Whether it's a final or not, you have to be ready if you want to win matches.

"This is the Champions League, we take every opponent seriously. We want to win, that's clear, we've done our homework, and we have an idea, but we want to put our own style on the game."

The Blues failed to record an away win in their group last season and the former Rennes player is keen to improve on that statistic this term.

"It's difficult to explain and find out why [the away form was poor]," he explained. "In the knockout stages we managed to shrug it off, which was the important part of our winning campaign.

"In the group stages it wasn't the case, but in the knockouts a lot of things changed, even the results away from home, and we would like to continue from there."

Cech is looking forward to playing in Copenhagen and has admitted that his side will face a difficult test against Kasper Hjulmand's men, but believes his side will take confidence from their fine domestic form so far this term.

"I like coming here because of the passion," said the 31-year-old. "When we played Copenhagen [in 2011] it was an interesting game, the whole town was right behind the team and I expect the same.

"It's a huge event in the history of Nordsjaelland, that's why we're playing here at Parken Stadium, so more people can come, they will want to show that they can play football and they deserve to be here in the group stage.

"We have been doing well and getting the results we wanted, we are top of the league, which is a great position, but it's early days.

"We've come for three points, we are the favourites for the group as reigning champions, and all we can do is play our game and hopefully get the result we want."