On September 15, dozens of fans of the London football club Chelsea entered the centre of Žilina and its local pubs and restaurants while a Champions’ League match between local club MŠK and Chelsea was played the same evening, the Sme daily wrote.
But British fans did not confirm their past bad reputation and in addition to singing they were taking pictures with local fans, the Sme daily wrote. The local fans also were singing and marched through the town centre but most of them supported their club from just outside the stadium, also protesting against the high ticket prices ranging from €50 to €600. Though this negatively influenced the atmosphere of the match, Sme wrote, the organisers said the stadium with a capacity of 11,000 was almost full.
In the match itself, Chelsea completely rolled over Žilina breaking down its defence and won 4:1. “It was hard to defend ourselves and we can be happy we did not get more goals against us,” Žilina defender Mário Pečalka told Sme after the match.
The Daily Mail wrote that in the opening match against the Slovak newcomer in the competition, Chelsea completely demolished Žilina. Final results: MŠK Žilina – FC Chelsea 1:4 (0:3).
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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16. Sep 2010 at 10:00