​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 Predrag Rajkovic brought down Willian in the box, but last season's Premier League player of the year blazed his spot kick high over the bar and into orbit. 


Rajkovic's unfortunate night continued within ten minutes of giving away the penalty, being fooled by Willian's free-kick into the box which sailed past the waiting crowd of players and into the far corner of the net, with the Maccabi keeper completely wrong-footed. 


Maccabi never looked like they believed that they had a chance of winning the match, hesitant going forward and generally negative in their play, misplacing passes left, right and centre - but still caused some alarms for an under-fire Chelsea back line. 


When Ben Haim gave away a penalty on the stroke of half-time though, the game was over as a contest as Oscar took over the spot-kick duties from Hazard, slotting home calmly to seal the result. 


The second half was little more than an extended training session for the Blues, Costa scoring just his second goal in eight games for club and country this season with a smart volley inside the box and Fabregas poaching his side's fourth and final goal after a pacey counter-attack. 



Lineups


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

Subs: Lifshitz, Carlos Garcia, Miha, Vermouth, Peretz, Itzhaki, Radonjic.