Chelsea will look chumps if they fail to beat qualifiers Maccabi
Crisis is a much-overused word in sport and football in general. But to suggest that Jose Mourinho is not a happy bunny is like saying that world peace may not be top of North Korea’s political agenda.
The Chelsea coach may not be under any pressure from owner Roman Abramovic – the Russia seems very philosophical where Mourinho is concerned – but will be falling below his own high standards at present with his team having picked up just four points from their opening five games in the Premier League – Manchester City are already 11 points ahead and probably already out of reach.
Obviously, Chelsea’s poor run can’t continue and the Portuguese will have to answer some awkward questions again if they fail to beat Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge in their Champions League opener.
With Thibaut Courtois a long-term absentee after undergoing knee surgery, Asmir Begovic will be in goal for the Premier League champions as they try and halt a run of three defeats. The Chelsea defence has come under the spotlight this season with suggestions that John Terry may be past his best. But they’ve also had problems scoring goals and forward-thinking midfielder Oscar remains absent. Diego Costa is still out of sorts and Cesc Fabregas need to step forward to help out Eden Hazard, but is another not playing to his full potential at present.
He’ll be hoping his captain Eran Zahavi can continue his good form as he’s already scored 11 goals in 10 matches since the campaign began, including seven in Champions League qualifiers. Eliazer Dasa is suspended, however.
There really will be revolution in the air if Chelsea lose this one but history is on their side. They’ve lost just one group stage match in 35 and Mourinho’s own record in the competition is exemplary. He’s led teams to the semi-finals in four of the last five seasons. Chelsea are only 2/11 in our Full Time Result betting but other prices we offer include 7/5 for Both Teams to Score and Radamel Falcao is Evens to be an Anytime Goalscorer.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Wednesday, September 16th at Stamford Bridge
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