Chelsea clinched a remarkable victory over Maccabi Tel-Aviv in their Champions League opener at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho’s men responded to their worst Premier League start for nearly 30 as the Blues outclassed the visiting side. Chelsea’s tough start to the season was evident in the opening minutes of the contest when Eden Hazard missed an early penalty.
Chelsea took just 10 minutes to score the opener when Brazil midfielder Willian fired a free kick from 35 yards into the far corner with Rajkovic reacting far too late. After that goal, the home side never looked back and kept on pressing for more goal scoring chances.
Oscar doubled the lead seconds before the break when he netted a penalty after a foul on Diego Costa, who performed below par domestically so far this season. The Spain international Costa came on as a substitute with a point to prove. Former Atletico Madrid forward answered his critics as he scored his first in the Champions League for the Blues.
The Spaniard superbly diverted a cross from Fabregas in the top corner. Midfielder Cesc Fabregas tapped in to complete a successful night for Chelsea ahead of Saturday’s clash against the Gunners. The Portuguese boss Mourinho made six changes in the side that lost to Everton at the weekend.
The Blues went into the match under real pressure after making their worst league start to a season since 1986, with only one win. The pressure only increased when Belgian Hazard missed from the spot but with the fans audibly behind manager Mourinho, Chelsea never looked in danger of being upset by Israel’s champions.
“I’m happy with the result and the performance. It was a good victory. You could see from minute one we were going to win the game,” said Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. IMAGE/ Facundo Arrizabalaga/ EPA