Champions League

Chelsea's chance to pull out of slump

2015-09-15 08:25
Jose Mourinho watching tennis at Queen's Club. (Glyn Kirk, AFP)

London - Out-of-sorts Chelsea have a golden opportunity to restore battered self-confidence when they face Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Champions League Group G match on Wednesday.

The Premier League champions slumped to their fourth defeat in six games when they lost 3-1 at Everton on Saturday.

Manager Jose Mourinho said he was under no pressure after the match but, according to media reports, he swore at Everton counterpart Roberto Martinez after being made to wait for his post-match news conference.

Earlier, Mourinho admitted the poor run of results were the worst of his career but added he was the man to lead Chelsea out of their hole.

The Portuguese has also fallen out with club doctor Eva Carneiro and had another public spat with old adversary Arsene Wenger after losing to his Arsenal side in the Community Shield season curtain-raiser at Wembley.

Chelsea take on the Israeli double winners on Wednesday having lost their last two league matches.

The Londoners will again be without injured keeper Thibaut Courtois who was outstanding when they won the Premier League last season.

Dynamo Kiev and Porto meet in the other Group G match on Wednesday.

The matches kick-off at 20:45.

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