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Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

By Andy CryerBBC Sport
Diego Costa
Diego Costa scored his first goal in the Champions League for Chelsea

Chelsea responded to their worst league start for nearly 30 years with a comfortable win in their Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Jose Mourinho's tough start to the season was not helped when Eden Hazard missed an early penalty.

But Willian scored a free-kick and Oscar netted a penalty after a foul on Diego Costa, who volleyed the third.

Cesc Fabregas tapped in to complete a successful night for Chelsea ahead of Saturday's match against Arsenal.

Willian's opener from 35 yards may have been fortuitous, as it evaded a crowd of players before bouncing in, but from the moment the Blues took the lead, there only ever looked like being one winner.

Mourinho still reigns in Europe

Chelsea went into the match under real pressure after making their worst league start to a season since 1986, with only one win.

In 2007, a slow start to the season followed by 1-1 draw at home to Norwegian side Rosenborg in the Champions League led to Jose Mourinho's exit, and the Blues were desperate to avoid a similar European upset.

The pressure only increased when Hazard missed from the spot but, with the fans audibly behind manager Mourinho, the Blues never looked in danger of being upset by Israel's champions.

While Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal lost their openers, Mourinho - who has won the competition twice - made light of all the pre-match crisis talk as Chelsea cruised to victory, despite fielding an experimental side.

Heat map.
The heat maps (Chelsea left, Maccabi Tel Aviv right) show how little the Blues were threatened in their final third. Both maps show the teams attacking towards the top of the graphic.

Has 'the special one' run out of patience?

Seeing John Terry, Nemanja Matic, Diego Costa and Branislav Ivanovic on the bench suggested Mourinho has had enough with his side's dismal start to the season.

Some may point to having Saturday's visit of Arsenal to think about, but leaving out his tried and trusted was a big call and a big message to his squad.

Willian was one player who took his opportunity with a very lively first quarter of the match on the right flank, before limping off with a hamstring injury, while 19-year-old midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek looked assured.

Ghana's Baba Rahman made his debut at left-back but it was difficult to judge anyone defensively against a poor Maccabi Tel Aviv.

How did Costa and Hazard play?

Costa emerged from the bench to earn Chelsea a penalty for their second goal. He then scored his first in the Champions League for the Blues with a volley from Fabregas's cross.

The Spain international has endured a tough start to the campaign, with one goal compared to seven at this stage last time round, but looked more like his old self on Wednesday.

Hazard, on the other hand, again struggled to repeat the form that saw him named the PFA player of the year last season, although Chelsea did not need any of his magic against their very weak visitors.

Man of the match: Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Ruben Loftus-Cheek had the best pass success rate of any of the Chelsea players (93%) and made the third amount of passes (60)

'I'm not in heaven or hell'

Jose Mourinho 'forgot winning feeling'

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told BT Sport: "I am happy with the result and the performance. The same way I was not in hell with bad results, I am not in heaven we won a game.

"It was a good victory. You could see from minute one we were going to win the game.

"Missing the penalty was a good thing to test the team. We must be really strong to believe and the players have played very well. They showed a good attitude and were good with the ball. It was a good victory."

The stats you need to know

  • The Blues have only lost once in their last 36 home Champions League matches in the group stage.
  • Jose Mourinho is one of five managers to have won the European Cup/Champions League with two different clubs, alongside Ernst Happel, Ottmar Hitzfeld, Jupp Heynckes and Carlo Ancelotti.
  • Diego Costa did not score a single goal in seven Champions League appearances last season with Chelsea after netting eight goals in nine games with Atletico Madrid in the previous campaign.
  • No Israeli club have ever made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
  • Eden Hazard has failed to score with three of his six Champions League penalties.

What next?

Chelsea will look for only their second Premier League win of the season when they entertain Arsenal. The Gunners lost 2-1 to Dinamo Zagreb on Wednesday.

In the Champions League, Chelsea next visit Porto in Group G, who drew 2-2 in Dynamo Kiev.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Begovic
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 5Zouma
  • 24Cahill
  • 6Baba
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 36Loftus-CheekBooked at 1minsSubstituted forTraoreat 77'minutes
  • 22WillianSubstituted forDiego Costaat 23'minutes
  • 8OscarSubstituted forSantos do Nascimentoat 65'minutes
  • 10E Hazard
  • 18Remy


  • 2Ivanovic
  • 7Santos do Nascimento
  • 14Traore
  • 19Diego Costa
  • 21Matic
  • 26Terry
  • 27Blackman

Maccabi Tel-Aviv

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 95RajkovicBooked at 5mins
  • 3ShpunginSubstituted forPeretzat 71'minutes
  • 26Ben HaimBooked at 45mins
  • 18Tibi
  • 20Ben Harush
  • 6Alberman
  • 11Ben HaimSubstituted forMichaat 64'minutes
  • 24Mitrovic
  • 40IgieborBooked at 33mins
  • 22RikanSubstituted forRadonjicat 64'minutes
  • 7Zahavi


  • 1Lifshitz
  • 10Itzhaki
  • 15Micha
  • 28Vermouth
  • 31Garcia Badias
  • 42Peretz
  • 99Radonjic
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Match Stats

Home TeamChelseaAway TeamMaccabi Tel-Aviv
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 4, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 4, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Conceded by Gary Cahill.

  4. Post update

    Attempt missed. Nosa (Maccabi Tel Aviv) left footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Dor Peretz with a cross.

  5. Post update

    Foul by César Azpilicueta (Chelsea).

  6. Post update

    Dejan Radonjic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  7. Post update

    Dangerous play by Ramires (Chelsea).

  8. Post update

    Nikola Mitrovic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Maccabi Tel Aviv. Nikola Mitrovic tries a through ball, but Dejan Radonjic is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Attempt missed. Bertrand Traore (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Ramires.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Loïc Remy (Chelsea).

  12. Post update

    Gal Alberman (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 4, Maccabi Tel Aviv 0. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a fast break.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Loïc Remy (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Eden Hazard.

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Eitan Tibi (Maccabi Tel Aviv) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  17. Post update

    Dejan Radonjic (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Bertrand Traore replaces Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Diego Costa (Chelsea).

  20. Post update

    Gal Alberman (Maccabi Tel Aviv) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 16th September 2015

As It Stood


1Real Madrid11004043
3Malmö FF100102-20
4Shakhtar Donetsk100104-40


1PSV Eindhoven11002113
3Man Utd100112-10
4CSKA Moscow100101-10


1Atl Madrid11002023
3FC Astana100102-20


3Man City100112-10
4B Mgladbach100103-30


1B Leverkusen11004133
4BATE Borisov100114-30


1Bayern Munich11003033
2Dinamo Zagreb11002113


2FC Porto10102201
3Dynamo Kyiv10102201
4Maccabi Tel-Aviv100104-40


1Zenit St Petersburg11003213
3KAA Gent10101101
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