Well that’s more like what we would expect from the Champions of England. Chelsea, while far from perfect, did more than enough to dispatch Maccabi Tel-Aviv in their first match of the 2015-2016 Champions League campaign. We saw goals from several important players, and witnessed solid performances from several key players in the Blues campaign.
While the final tally gave Chelsea a four goal advantage, the Blues could have made it five, had it not been for Eden Hazard’s missed penalty around the fifth minute. Remy laid the ball off to Willian, whose second touch took him around the charging Maccabi goalkeeper. forcing him to bring down Willian for an early penalty.
However, Chelsea would not convert for the opening goal, as the typically calm Hazard put his penalty far over the goal. It was an unusual penalty for the Belgian, who traditionally shoots low. However, he fired it well over the goal, and never really looked as though he had the confidence to score. It tends to be somewhat indicative of the season that he is having thus far.
Chelsea however, would strike first, with a rather strange goal. Willian fired a free kick from well outside the 18-yard box. The Maccabi goalkeeper hesitated to come off of his line, perhaps believing that the outstretched Cahill would redirect the kick. However, the ball took a bounce and made it past the outstretched keeper and into the back of the net for the first goal.
During stoppage time, Costa was brought down in the box, after splitting two defenders, and the referee awarded the match’s second penalty. Oscar calmly converted the penalty, doubling Chelsea’s score.
In the second half, Fabregas and Costa linked up for the first time this season, with the Spanish midfielder playing a brilliant lofted pass up to Costa in the box, who cheekily deflected the ball nonchalantly into the corner of the goal, giving the Blues a three goal lead.
Finally, Fabregas was able to get on the scoresheet following up Remy’s shot, and calmly converting it into the open net to add to Chelsea’s tally.
The Blues received all three points in their first match in the Champions League, and take an early commanding lead on Group C.