Chelsea star Juan Mata admits European Champions were flattered by final score
Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has admitted the Blues were flattered by their 4-0 victory over Nordsjaelland.
Last Updated: 03/10/12 6:23pm
Roberto Di Matteo's European champions scored three times in the closing stages, with Mata adding to his first-half opener, to give the scoreline against the Danish minnows a comprehensive look.
But the Spain international was honest enough to admit that the Stamford Bridge club were kept on their toes by the Champions League debutants in their Group E contest.
Petr Cech had to be at his best to tip a curling effort from Joshua John onto the post when Chelsea's lead was just 1-0, before late goals from David Luiz and Ramires.
Mata told the club's official website: "It was nice to score and to get this result. We are now on top of the group which is what we are aiming for.
"It makes up for the Juventus game. This game was very difficult for us, but we go back to London with a very important three points.
"After seeing the ball possession, to win 4-0 is harsh. They played well on the ball and had some quality players. It wasn't as easy as 4-0 sounds and they had a good opportunity to score at 1-0.
"Nordsjaelland have very good players in the midfield and play it short from their goalkeeper, so I liked their style and appreciate their efforts."
Fellow goalscorer David Luiz was equally impressed by their opponents and was pleased to see the Blues in pole position ahead of back-to-back meetings with Shakhtar Donetsk.
"Their philosophy is fantastic, and they have a great coach," he said. "To play there was difficult, so I am happy that we won three points and are top of the group."
On his superb goal, the Brazilian added: "I always train hard with the free-kicks and today was a great goal and helped the team."