Setting out to defend the league title that they won at the end of the last campaign, FC Copenhagen have initially had an unexpectedly difficult time in the Danish Superliga this season.
With one win, four draws and three defeats, Juventus’ first Champions League opponents are currently in tenth place in the league.
They began with an opening day 2-1 away defeat to Aalborg, followed by another loss away from home against Midtjylland. Nor were they able to fare better in their first home fixture at Parken Stadium, conceding three against Randers with only one goal in reply.
However, they picked up their first point of the season away at Nordsjaelland with a 2-2 draw thanks to goals from Rurik Gislason and Thomas Kristensen, undoubtedly a respectable result against last year’s Superliga runners-up, and built on that with another point against Aarhus a week later.
And results have picked up further since the return of Stale Solbakken to the manager’s hotseat. The Norwegian, who replaced Ariel Jacobs on 21 August, achieved a draw in his first game against Vestsjaelland, a match in which Nigerian new signing Fanendo Adi scored on his debut.
The next result was a huge improvement: a 4-1 away victory at Viborg that saw them move out of the relegation zone and also saw ex-Juve defender Olof Mellberg head in his first goal for the club.
Most recently, Solbakken’s side secured another precious point at Parken Stadium after Cesar Santin scored a late equaliser against Esbjerg, and will have gained confidence from their five-game unbeaten run as they prepare to face Juventus.