Hjulmand out to end Chelsea reign

  • Last Updated: December 4 2012, 19:31 GMT

Nordsjaelland boss Kasper Hjulmand is aiming to deliver the knockout blow to Chelsea's Champions League hopes as he attempts to exploit the unrest at Stamford Bridge.

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Hjulmand backed the European champions to weather the supporter revolt against Rafael Benitez's appointment as interim manager and their alarming slump in form over the past six weeks.

But he was hoping to delay their revival for another 24 hours by masterminding the greatest triumph in the Danish champions' history.

Nordsjaelland's maiden Champions League campaign has seen them take only one point from their five Group E matches, but another on Wednesday would see Chelsea become the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas.

Hjulmand said on Tuesday: "They have a little dip right now but they'll come back and they'll show who they are in the near future.

"Hopefully not tomorrow but, after that, it's just a matter of time."

Benitez is expected to be the victim of more jeers, abuse and protest banners at tomorrow night's game after failing to win any of his first three games in charge.

"It is weird," Hjulmand said of the fan reaction he hoped to exploit.

"The psychology is, of course, to see if we have a result as far as possible. Because that could be an advantage at some point.

"We can only focus on what's important for us and that's what we're going to do on the pitch, no matter what happens outside, no matter what we see or hear.

"This is all about us performing and we have to be very concentrated and play maybe our best match ever to get a result."

Nordsjaelland have already caused one upset in Group E by drawing with Juventus and they threatened another against Shakhtar Donetsk two weeks ago before Luiz Adriano scored a goal when one of his team-mates attempted to return possession to the Danes following an injury.

Adriano was handed a one-match ban by UEFA for his lack of sportsmanship, but Hjulmand hit out at European football's governing body tonight for the way they had handled the fallout.

Branding the 'Respect' campaign a "facade", he said: "I have to say that I'm disappointed with UEFA.

"After the match, everything that I said at the press conference was cut out of UEFA's homepage. You couldn't even read that it was a controversial goal. The goal wasn't even on the website.

"If this had happened to this club [Chelsea] or to Manchester United, what would have happened?

"I think everyone knows it would be a different story."


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