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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

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.

Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv: Blues thrash Israeli giants

"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.

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