Chelsea eased themselves back to winning ways in their Champions League opener against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, although question marks still remain over their performance level.
An early goal from Willian put the Premier League champions on their way, before Oscar doubled their lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time. Goals from Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas in the second half sealed the result and reflected the more than comfortable nature of the result against an extremely poor Maccabi team.
More than half of the Chelsea side who lost to Everton on the weekend were chopped from the starting lineup, with Costa, John Terry and Branislav Ivanovic among those on the bench, while Loic Remy started up front. There was a quirk in Maccabi's lineup, with two players called Tal Ben Haim in their starting XI.
While Chelsea ended up with a comfortable win on the night, they showed little to suggest that they were close to rediscovering their title-winning form of last season, Eden Hazard in particular looking massive out of touch.
The Belgian had the chance to put the Blues ahead from the penalty spot after just five minutes when Maccabi goalkeeper
Cesc Fàbregas scores his first Chelsea goal in 14 games across all competitions. pic.twitter.com/ZL7KcBbkag— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 16, 2015
Chelsea XI:Begovic; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Cahill (c), Baba Rahman; Loftus-Cheek, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Remy.
Subs: Blackman, Terry, Ivanovic, Ramires, Matic, Traore, Diego Costa.
Maccabi Tel Aviv: Rajkovic, Shpungin, Alberman, Zahavi, Ben Haim II, Tibi, Ben Harush, Rikan, Mitrovic, Ben Haim I, Igiebor