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Jose Mourinho's under-fire Chelsea are smiling again after Champions League win

Chelsea 4-0 Macabi TA 0

By Matt McGeehan

Published 17/09/2015

Chelsea's Willian (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal with teammate Baba Rahman
Chelsea's Willian (right) celebrates scoring his side's first goal with teammate Baba Rahman

Diego Costa scored his first Champions League goal for Chelsea as the beleaguered Barclays Premier League champions claimed a much-needed fillip by thrashing Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge.

Willian, Oscar, with a penalty, Costa - on as a substitute after being omitted as one of six changes following the loss at Everton - and Cesc Fabregas scored as the Blues opened Group G with a 4-0 victory.

It was their their first home win of the season and second in all after a miserable start to the campaign which has sparked suggestions of a crisis.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, whose side shrugged off an early penalty miss by Eden Hazard, said: "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, good with the ball, it was a good victory.

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"Good individual performance helps the players' self esteem and confidence, good collective performances are also good. I know some experts will say Maccabi are not a top team, I agree, but they are a Champions League team and to beat a team you need to play well and we played well.

"We were good in the different phases of the game."

Scorer Fabregas said: "The players were feeling it, like every big club we need results and performances.

"We were dominant and hopefully that is the start of a big run."

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill felt the result provided just the boost his team needed, saying: "It was the perfect game for us. We had a lot of the ball, created a lot of chances, scored some good goals... a convincing win, a clean sheet - everything that we're looking for at this moment in time.

"We've had a difficult start, but we know the calibre of players we've got.

"We've had a slow start, a bad start. (But) winning games breeds confidence, breeds momentum, happiness - and that's just what we need."

Looking ahead to Saturday's visit of Arsenal to Stamford Bridge, he added: "It's another massive game for us - it's time for us to try to make a statement.

"We know it's going to be a tough game - they always are against the big teams - but we're looking forward to it and we should take confidence from tonight."

Willian's 35-yard free-kick evaded a crowd of players to bounce into the net after a quarter of an hour.

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

Belfast Telegraph

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