Eden Hazard and Jose Mourinho are licking their chops, hoping to make a statement win over Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
In sports, nothing cures all ailments quite like a win, and after the nightmare start to the 2015-16 Premier League season, Chelsea could certainly use a win to get off on the right foot in the Champions League.
Luckily enough for the Blues, they get what amounts to a tuneup match at home against one of the lowest ranked teams in the tournament in Maccabi Tel-Aviv.
With Chelsea going through a spell of injuries and poor play, a fairly weak opponent could prove to be just the medicine they need to get their confidence back.
Here are the 5 reasons Chelsea will dominate MaccabLi Tel-Aviv on Wednesday:
5. Maccabi Tel-Aviv have no defense – a boon for a struggling offense
The gameplan of the Israeli Premier League champs throughout the last three rounds of the Champions League qualifiers has been attack, attack, attack, attack. With leading scorer Eran Zahavi and Tal Ben Haim I leading the way, the Israeli outfit have eschewed defensive football and gone for broke every time they get the ball.
While a strategy like that works against weaker Israeli teams and small-country champs like FC Basel, Viktoria Plzen and Hibernians, the “all or nothing” style of play never works against Premier League teams – let alone a powerhouse like Chelsea.
As a result, the smallest offensive gaffe by Maccabi Tel-Aviv will immediately allow midfield stars like Eden Hazard and Pedro to take control and charge into the opposing side for quick and easy strikes.
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