It was their performances from the quarter-finals onward that goalkeeper Cech looked to on Monday night as he prepared for what, on paper, should be a comfortable win at Nordsjaelland.
"In the knock-out stages, we shrugged it off," he said.
"That was the important part of our winning campaign.
"In the group stages, it wasn't the case. But things changed in the knockout stage. Even the results away from home changed.
"We'd like to continue from there and start with three points. But there's no obvious reason why it happened."