Nordsjaelland are living the dream, says coach Hjulmand

The Danish boss speaks of the delight at the club, which has gained a bigger reputation since its participation in this year's European competition
Nordsjaelland coach Kasper Hjulmand believes that his small club can learn to progress as a result of their Champions League experiences, and may gain a name for themselves in the process.

A heroic draw against Juventus in the last round of fixtures meant Nordsjaelland gained their first point in Group E with Mikkel Beckmann grabbing their first ever goal in Europe's top tournament.

And although, it looks very unlikely that they Farum based side will reach the later stages of the competition this term, Hjulmand believes their new image can only be positive for the future.

"Our image has developed," Hjulmand told

"From being a little local team who were fighting to survive in the Superliga to a team on a regional and national level who are playing in Europe."

Nordsjaelland midfielder Nicolai Stokholm took a similar stance to his coach and claimed his side are already reaping the benefits of playing European football.

"This is the biggest stage you can play on," admitted the 36-year old.

"Performing against the best players can only improve us, which it is already doing. I'm sure we'll keep improving and keep learning how to play our games," he said.

Nordsjaelland travel to Turin to play Juventus on Wednesday night with the Serie A giants sitting in third place, two points above the Danes.