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Jose Mourinho Places Faith on Confidence Ahead of Maccabi Test

It may just be a 1-0 win against Norwich City, but there were a lot of signs that the team was finally starting to come out of the tunnel to see the light of the day. Chelsea played with zest and purpose not seen so far this season apart from in a handful of games. The blues could have scored more had it not been for some poor finishing, which will certainly improve as the wins come with regularity. Jose Mourinho is pinning his hopes on the confidence aspect returning to the team ahead of the Champions League group stage game against Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Chelsea managed a resounding 4-0 win against the Israeli team in the reverse fixture, but that was at Stamford Bridge. One can expect a much tougher response at the Sammy Ofer Stadium. Given the recent form, it is not surprising that Chelsea are not overwhelming favourites. A victory will put us as favourites for the top spot, but any other result will mean a nail-biting finale.

Mourinho made some interesting couple of tactical and personnel changes against Norwich. Deploying Kennedy at left back and Hazard in a more central role paid full dividends, as the opponents seemed unprepared for such an eventuality. Now that the surprise element has gone out of the window, it remains to be seen if José will return to the familiar starting line-up and tactics. Since he has a fully fit squad to choose from, the permutations and combinations are varied.

As important as this match is, Chelsea also have to focus on a game against rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane. It has been a bogey ground for a number of years now. Having just recovered the confidence, the blues cannot afford to drop more points in the league if top four ambitions are to be met. Expect a tight contest in Israel but the blues could just come out on top yet again.