Chelsea's confidence returning for Maccabi trip

José Mourinho senses his Chelsea players are "getting their confidence back" as they prepare to take on Maccabi Tel-Aviv with a round of 16 place now in sight.

José Mourinho's Chelsea ended a run of three straight league defeats on Saturday
José Mourinho's Chelsea ended a run of three straight league defeats on Saturday ©Getty Images
  • José Mourinho says Chelsea players' confidence is returning ahead of trip to Maccabi
  • Chelsea will qualify if they win and Dynamo Kyiv drop points at Group G leaders Porto
  • Eran Zahavi's next goal will be his 100th for Maccabi
  • Chelsea have won only three of last 11 games in all competitions
  • Slaviša Jokanović believes Maccabi have "good chance" of earning first points

Possible lineups
Maccabi
: Rajković; Shpungin, García, Ben Haim, Rikan; Alberman, Igiebor, Peretz; Ben Chaim, Vermouth, Zahavi.
Out: Radonjić (ankle)
Doubtful: Ben Chaim (hamstring)

Chelsea: Begović; Ivanović, Zouma, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matić, Fàbregas; Pedro, Hazard, Willian; Costa.
Out: Courtois (knee), Falcao (unspecified)

Slaviša Jokanović, Maccabi coach
I don't expect Chelsea to be complacent, this will be a very important match for them. We have continued to improve throughout but at this moment we are still not at the level to win games and we cannot be satisfied yet. I expect we will be more competitive in this match, however, and the aim is to win. We need to be more solid in defence and more dangerous in attack.

It is important we don't think about Chelsea's problems. We have a good chance to show who we are. We will try to take every chance they give us and the game starts at 0-0. Nobody bet on us to qualify for the group stage and nobody will bet on us tomorrow, so it is another moment to fight very hard.

Highlights: Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv
Highlights: Chelsea 4-0 Maccabi Tel-Aviv

José Mourinho, Chelsea manager
We are in a good position even though we haven't qualified yet. If we play like we have been recently we have a good chance. I think the players are getting their confidence back. Tomorrow is simple – if we lose, we are in trouble and we rely on other results; if we draw, we can qualify on the final matchday; if we win, we have a great chance of qualifying first.

I said this season that one team would not qualify for the Champions League, but I hoped it wouldn't be us. We are just taking it game by game. There are plenty of matches still to come and the Premier League is still a good avenue for us to qualify.

Weekend results
Hapoel Haifa 0-3 Maccabi Tel-Aviv (Zahavi 52pen, Igiebor 69, Rikan 78)
Hapoel's Dor Malul was dismissed seven minutes into the second half, moments after Eran Zahavi had scored his 100th Israeli league goal. From then on, the visitors' sixth win in their last seven Premier League matches was in little doubt.

Chelsea 1-0 Norwich (Diego Costa 64)
Diego Costa's fourth goal of the season, the Spain forward finishing off Cesc Fàbregas's quick free-kick, ensured Chelsea halted a run of three successive Premier League defeats.

Slaviša Jokanović while at Chelsea in 2001
Slaviša Jokanović while at Chelsea in 2001©Getty Images

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Maccabi: WWLWLL
Chelsea: WLWLDL

Did you know?
Jokanović was a Chelsea player between 2000 and 2002, starting 28 games with a further 25 appearances from the bench. Tal Ben Haim also had a year at Chelsea in 2007/08, beginning the season under Mourinho before the latter's departure that September. The full match background has more.

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