Chelsea repeat drubbing of Maccabi to close in on last 16

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Chelsea edge closer to securing progression in Champions League following 4-0 away win at Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Chelsea repeat drubbing of Maccabi to close in on last 16

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL (NOVEMBER 25, 2015) (REUTERS – ACCESS ALL)

1. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO, SAYING:

“I think we played very well in the first half, the pitch didn’t help the quality of our game but we played really well in the first half. In the second half, in the first 15-20 minutes I think we slept, we were too much confident, we were waiting for the second goal to come and only when we felt that we were in danger, we had again a good reaction. So I think there was no doubt about the victory and the three points, but I think Maccabi deserved something more than what they got.”

STORY: Chelsea enjoyed their second 4-0 Champions League victory over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv this season to move into prime position to reach the knockout stages of the competition from Group G on Tuesday (November 24).

With Dynamo Kiev winning 2-0 at Porto, however, the qualifiers for the last 16 will only be determined in the last round of matches when Chelsea host Porto and Kiev welcome Maccabi.

Goals by Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma secured the victory for Chelsea whose task was made easier when Maccabi captain Tal Ben Haim, a key player in the heart of the defence, was sent off five minutes before halftime.

After five games, Chelsea, who only need to draw their final match to progress, and Porto each have 10 points with Kiev on eight, while Maccabi are bottom without a point.

“I think we played very well in the first half, the pitch didn’t help the quality of our game but we played really well in the first half. In the second half, in the first 15-20 minutes I think we slept, we were too much confident, we were waiting for the second goal to come and only when we felt that we were in danger, we had again a good reaction. So I think there was no doubt about the victory and the three points, but I think Maccabi deserved something more than what they got,” said Mourinho in the post-match news conference.

Moments before the second goal, Chelsea captain John Terry had to be substituted after injuring his ankle, an incident which Mourinho said occurred as a result of the poor playing surface.

The extent of the injury was not initially known but Mourinho looked worried and suggested Terry may not be available to play against Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday (November 29).

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