Last night I watched the ambitious Danish champions of FC Midtjylland get their debut in the Champions League against Atalanta. The side from central Jutland has invested heavily to make it among the best, and expectations to their opening match were high as they hosted last season's quarterfinalists from Atalanta.
FC Midtjylland had started with an offensive lineup and careful optimism, but this now appears somewhat naive as they faced a far superior Italian side that trounced the home team 0-4 in what was perhaps a wake-up call for the Danes; they will also face mighty Liverpool and legendary Ajax Amsterdam.
Atalanta must be given a lot of credit though; they continue attacking, play well for another, and could certainly make it at least as far as last season in the Champions League.
In the meantime, FC Midtjylland must analyse and learn from this debacle as they prepare to continue their quest for European glory.