LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 16: William Kvist (L) of FC Copenhagen and John Terry (R) of Chelsea challenge for the ball during the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen second leg match between Chelsea and FC Copenhagen at Stamford Bridge on March 16, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Chelsea Plays Out Scoreless Draw, Advances 2-0 Over Copenhagen

Chelsea's 2-0 victory in Copenhagen gives Carlo Ancelotti liberties for Wednesday's second leg at Stamford Bridge. SB Nation Soccer Editor Richard Farley looks at Wednesday's other UEFA Champions League fixture.

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Chelsea FC Vs. FC Copenhagen, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Match Review: Blues Go Through After Scoreless Draw, No Reason For Panic

At least the match is over, as is those two hours of our lives, with both Chelsea and visiting Copenhagen getting victories in their UEFA Champions League match. The Danish champions' victory was moral, getting a 0-0 draw at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea's victory was real, advancing to the quarterfinals after a 2-0 aggregate victory, though the match is bound to illicit criticism.

The Blues started slow thanks to a opening burst of energy from their opponents, but after 15 minutes the match settled to something like the context we saw on Copenhagen. Only tonight, with the Blues lacking the impetus of the first leg, there was a lack of cunning in those moments after the FCK defense was beaten, leaving Carlo Ancelotti's team without a goal at home against the smallest of the Round of 16's speed bumps.

Chelsea, however, are likely to look at this as a pedestrian day at the office. While this was nothing close to their best performance, the Blues never had the intention of giving their best. Nor did they have that intention in the first leg. The Blues approached this round as a warm-up - a tune-up - for the remainder to the tournament.

From here forward, Chelsea will have take this competition more seriously. Nothing about today's results hints they're incapable of doing so.


Chelsea FC Vs. FC Copenhagen, 2011 UEFA Champions League, Halftime: FCK Plays Blues To Intermission Even

A much improved Copenhagen team has played Chelsea on a much more even footing through 45 minutes, taking the second leg of the teams' UEFA Champions League scoreless into halftime, even coming closest to an opening goal when a Dame N'Doye struck the left upright in the 27th minute. But Chelsea has continuously threatened their guests to generate a series of near chances and are still firmly in control of this tie, leading 2-0 on aggregate.

The Blues have continuously been able to open-up the right side of Copenhagen's defense, with Ashley Cole overlapping Yuri Zhirkov drawing Copenhagen's right back (Oscar Wendt) wide, opening up the channel between him and Mathias Janka. Chelsea's been able to exploit the space to create chances to the right of Johan Wiland, though numerous attempts found the side netting.

For Copenhagen, it is a stark improvement on a first leg that saw them outplayed in their first knockout round appearance. Today, FCK started energetically, keeping Chelsea from settling into the match until the quarter hour mark. From there, however, Chelsea was able to roll passes beyond a high Copenhagen line, something that will need to be corrected by FCK is the Danish champions are going to have a chance at pulling the upset.


Chelsea FC Vs. FC Copenhagen, 2011 UEFA Champions League: Lineups See Blues Not As Weak As FCK Had Hoped

There was a lot of speculation regarding Carlo Ancelotti's selection, with the Chelsea manager carrying a safe 2-0 lead into Wednesday's UEFA Champions League match against FC Copenhagen. Arguably the weakest of the 16 sides to make the second phase, Copenhagen would be generously described as long shots to turn around that deficit at Stamford Bridge. As such, many thought Ancelotti was rest some veterans.

And he has, though not to the extent he could. Fernando Torres and Michael Essien will be rested, but other veterans that could have been sparred - Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole - are starting, but Ancelotti apparently set to stay with his 4-4-2.

Chelsea, Starting XI: Cech / Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Terry, Cole / Ramires, Mikel, Lampard, Zhirkov / Anelka, Drogba

Bench: Turnbull, Ferreira, McEahran, Essien, Kalou, Malouda, Torres

Copenhagen has gone back to the 4-4-1-1 they playing in group stage after using a 4-4-2 in the first leg. While FCK often uses that formation in league, it created a series of un-winnable match-ups against Chelsea. Today, Cesar Santin goes to the bench, with Martin Vingaard returning to the starting XI.

Copenhagen, Starting XI: Wiland / Wendt, Antonsson, Zanka, Bengtsson / Bolanos, Kvist, Claudemir, Vingaard / Gronkjaer, N'Doye

Bench: Delaney, Kristensen, Christensen, Zahore, Bergvold, Hooiveld, Santin

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