Could there be a better time for Chelsea to play Maccabi Tel-Aviv? I don’t think so. While they will pose much more of a threat to the Blues in Israel, it should be more than a winnable game for Mourinho’s men.
The wheels are beginning to turn for Chelsea. This weekend’s victory over Norwich City in the Premier League showed signs of improvement from the Blues. For the first time during this season, Jose Mourinho’s men look capable of putting together a run of results.
Too many times this season, Chelsea have won a game here and there, and then were unable to build on their success. It happened against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Arsenal and Walsall, but they were unable to build on that run of games. Then it could have come from a good performance against Dynamo Kiev at home. But it didn’t.
However, this time it feels different. Chelsea played one of their first complete performances this season. The result should definitely allow them to build on their success, especially given the level of competition they are about to come up against.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv are first in the Israeli Premier League. However, they shouldn’t pose much of a threat to Chelsea. The Blues thrashed them 4-0 at Stamford Bridge, and you get the feeling the result could have been even worse.
That being said, there is no reason for the Blues to take this game for granted, given their season’s record thus far. However, a calm, confident, composed Chelsea should come into Israel and get the job done with ease.
Look for Diego Costa to get on the scoresheet again, coupled with Eden Hazard having another big game. John Terry is right in saying the Belgian is back. He was deadly playing through the middle and he should have a field day at Maccabi on Tuesday.
My final score prediction is another 4-0 victory for the Blues. There are simply too good for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The Blues can then continue their winning ways and carry two straight victories into their big match against Tottenham on the weekend.
Predicted Lineup: Begovic, Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Matic, Willian, Hazard, Oscar, Diego Costa