Copenhagen vs Aalborg by Isaiah
Copenhagen did very well to get a 3:1 victory in the first clash in second qualifying Champions League round last Wednesday evening away to Zilina in Slovakia and the team will be awaiting the second game now in much more relaxed way knowing that they almost progressed further and that only huge surprise can make their lives more difficult in the returning leg.
However, must be said that the Slovakian side didn't look poor at all, actually they took the lead deservedly in 39th minute via Spalek and had initiative, however everything changed to worse for them in the second halftime, when Kacer, their midfielder got second yellow card in 61st and the players of Copenhagen played way more concrete and way more determined in attack. Serbian striker Pavlovic scored all three goals in last twenty-five minutes of the match for much more needed victory. As for Danish Superliga, Copenhagen once again opens the league being huge favorites to claim the victory and I expect them to make a strong impact from the first round even though they are in a bit more busier schedule.
They did change some of important players during the transfer season and they'll need time to settle in and start playing as a team, however even so the team remains superior in comparison to rest of Superliga. Right back Peter Ankersen is more of a long term absentee, similar to midfielder Rasmus Falk.
Aalborg finished regular part of the season at eight position, however had to play relegation group later on and ended up playing play-offs for Europa League, however without much of success as they lost twice to Randers and finished the season in the middle of May following 4:1 aggregate score against that club.
Their expectations are similar for this season, the club should stay away from any kind of relegation trouble, while it won't be any easier for them to reach the Europe in comparison to previous season. During the preparation period they had a narrow 1:0 defeat against Midtjylland, then won over Hacken and Vendyssel, ending their pre-season period with a 1:1 draw against Hansa Rostock, a side in third German league.
Guests are surely missing right back Patrick Kristensen, midfielders Robert Kakeeto, Oliver Abildgaard and forward Marco Harboe Ramkilde.
Copenhagen is in a bit more busier schedule than most of other Danish clubs, however at this point of season it should only be a benefit for them since the team should be in better and competitive form quicker than the rest of the league. Even if they rotate the squad a lot and they probably will, I remain confident that the hosts will open up the domestic season in the best possible way.