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Chelsea Go Top With Win Over Tel Aviv

Chelsea has taken over the top spot in Group G after the 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday.

While the club has struggled in the Premier League, the Blues has had some success in the Champions League. Manager Jose Mourinho was humble in victory after the game against the Israeli side. Gary Cahill, Willian, Oscar and Kurt Zouma scored for the visitors.

“The result is too nice to us, Maccabi did not deserve a 4-0 defeat,” Mourinho told chelseafc.com after the win.

“They competed well in the second half with 10 men and resisted for a long time. They had a shot for goal when Begovic saved from Zahavi which was a great hand from our goalkeeper so the result was too much for them.

“We played very well in the first half but the pitch didn’t help. Only that stopped us playing better and cost us more goals. It was difficult to finish some of the actions which were beautiful.

“The second half for the first 15 to 20 minutes we slept, we were over confident and were waiting for the second goal to come. Only when we felt we were in danger did we have a good reaction.

“There are no doubts about the victory and the three points but Maccabi deserved something more than they got.”

Mourinho was critical of the condition of the pitch at the Sammy Ofer Stadium in Tel Aviv.

“I said in an interview before the match that such a beautiful stadium and such a fantastic public deserve a better surface because it was bad and dangerous,” Mourinho said. “We tried to protect ourselves by only training a little bit on it but to my surprise Maccabi trained on it after us, plus there was the warm-up before the game, so the pitch was really bad.”

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