Wounded Chelsea Drub Maccabi Tel Aviv

English Premier League side, Chelsea responded to their poor start to the season with a comfortable win in their Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Eden Hazard blasted a penalty over the bar early on against the Israeli side.

The goal came soon after when Willian’s 35-yard free-kick evaded a crowd of players to bounce into the net.

Oscar doubled the lead from the spot, after Diego Costa was fouled, before the latter volleyed home and then Cesc Fabregas tapped in.

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.


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