Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea side went into the last International break with their heads down and badly in need of results. But their weekend league game against Norwich City will give them some confidence to build on for the rest of the season. The team will now turn their attention to the Champions League group stage fixture against Maccabi Tel Aviv this week. Chelsea are in the 2nd place in Group G and need positive results to get into the knockout stage of the competition easily.
The Israel outfit Maccabi Tel Aviv has yet to take a point from any of their previous games and have already been eliminated. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side have scored just 4 goals in this competition and have conceded the most goals (11) in the group stage so far. This will be a welcome fixture for the London franchise as they try to get their season back on tracks.
Chelsea will have to build on their win against Norwich from last weekend. This is their chance to come back from the scratches of the early season.
Here are the lineups for the game:
Maccabi Tel Aviv starting XI: Rajkovic, Garcia, Ben Haim, Ben Harush, Dasa, Peretz, Igiebor, Zahabi, Rikan, Alberman, Ben Haim.
Maccabi Tel Aviv substitutes: Lifshitz, Tibi, Vermouth, Mitrovic, Azulay, Ben Basat, Itzhaki.
Chelsea starting XI: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Chelsea substitutes: Blackman, Ivanovic, Zouma, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Pedro, Remy.
Both Zouma and Pedro are benched for the game.