4-0 flat­tered us, says José

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

FOOT­BALL JOSE Mour­inho praised Mac­cabi Tel Aviv for a gal­lant ef­fort af­ter watch­ing Chelsea climb top of Group G fol­low­ing an em­phatic 4-0 vic­tory. But he was not so com­pli­men­tary about their pitch.

The Is­raeli cham­pi­ons strug­gled to get out of their half in the first 45 min­utes when a close-range ef­fort from Gary Cahill sep­a­rated the teams.

Mac­cabi were re­duced to 10 men on the stroke of half-time when for­mer Chelsea de­fender Tal Ben Haim was dis­missed­fol­lowingadan­ger­ouschal­lenge onDiegoCosta.Mac­cabi­im­provedinthe sec­ond half, but Chelsea ran out com­fort­able vic­tors with goals from Wil­lian, Os­car and sub­sti­tute Kurt Zouma in the fi­nal 17 min­utes.

Mour­inho said: “The fi­nal score­line flat­tered us. Mac­cabi re­sisted well with 10 men in the sec­ond half. They de­served more than they got.”

But the Chelsea boss was crit­i­cal of the sur­face at the Sammy Ofer Sta­dium in Haifa, claim­ing “it pre­vented his team from play­ing bet­ter and cost us goals”. He went on to say: “We lost John Terry and Ramires be­cause of the dan­ger­ous pitch.”

Mac­cabi’s Slav­isa Jokanovic said: “I’m very proud, de­spite the score­line, of the char­ac­ter and ef­fort we showed.”

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