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Dani Osvaldo: The disgraced former Southampton forward will be looking to show the Premier League what it has been missing for his new club. The Italian was thrown out of St. Mary’s after an alleged bust-up with club captain Jose Fonte following a £15 million move. Osvaldo has made only one start for the Portuguese club and will be itching to score his first goal against English opposition.
6: Chelsea have started a Portuguese player in all six of their Champions League meetings with Porto.
Jose Mourinho ran the touchline at Old Trafford to celebrate Porto’s added time winner in the Champions League? Francisco Costinha’s injury time equaliser sent Mourinho’s side through en route to lifting the Champions League. The self-proclaimed Special One’s celebration has gone down in football history.
Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv - player ratings
Chelsea vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv - player ratings
1/12 CHELSEA: Asmir Begovic
Didn't have much to do in the first half but was confident when called into action. 7/10
2/12 Cesar Azpilicueta
Was confident in Ivanovic's normal position of right back and did not look troubled despite switching sides. 7
3/12 Kurt Zouma
Made some strong tackles and clearances in first half to deny Maccabi whenever they ventured forwards and worked well with Cahill in central defence. 6
4/12 Gary Cahill
Put in an improved showing despite being omitted from the line up to face Everton and came out to clear his lines when needed. 7
5/12 Baba Rahman
Was handed his debut against Maccabi and did well. The left back pushed forwards regularly to attack - blazing a free kick wide in the first half. And although his forays forwards left spaces behind him, he ensured he tracked back to defend. 7
6/12 Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Replaced Matic in the defensive midfield position and the 19-year-old injected energy and pace into the side. His overzealous beginning to the match saw him get a yellow card for a foul on Mitrovic - after just 48 seconds - but he did well to protect the defence as well as set up Costa. 8
7/12 Cesc Fabregas
Was more involved than in previous games and provided the superb pass that Costa scored his fine volley from before he tapped into an open net to score in the dying minutes of the match. 8
Settled the Chelsea fans' nerves with his fine curling free kick in the 15th minute that gave the home side the lead. Was taken off soon after with a hamstring injury. 7
Looked bright on his return from injury and scored Chelsea's second of the night with a composed penalty. The Brazilian was brought off for Ramires after a positive showing and is likely to start against Arsenal. 7
10/12 Eden Hazard
Despite letting himself down by firing a fourth-minute penalty high, the Belgian's pace and threat from the left flank caused Maccabi problems particularly in the first half. Indeed it was his run that led to him being fouled, from which Willian opened the scoring from. 6
11/12 Loic Remy
Started the game up front as the lone striker and used his pace to get past Maccabi's defence several times - winning the penalty that Hazard missed. But he faded after being pushed out onto the right wing to accommodate Costa. Still, he was involved in the build-up play for Fabregas' goal and will have given Mourinho something to think about ahead of Arsenal. 7
12/12 FROM THE BENCH: Diego Costa
Replaced the injured Willian and after a relatively quiet first half, scored a brilliant volleyed goal in the second period. Despite being heavily marked, the striker caused Maccabi all sorts of problems. A good showing from the Brazilian. 8
Player to watch…
All eyes will be on Chelsea striker Diego Costa as he looks set to return to the Chelsea line-up. The Spanish international caused great controversy after his fiery encounter with Arsenal’s Gabriel Paulista, and retrospective action meant his missed Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Newcastle United. Mourinho saw little wrong with his strikers’ actions at Stamford Bridge and nothing will please the Portuguese manager more than a Costa goal against his former club.
Kurt Zouma looks set to face his first major European test of the season in Portugal. The French defender has been keeping John Terry out of the Chelsea team and has struck a good understanding with Gary Cahill. The 20-year old was solid in the London sides 4-0 win over Maccabi Haifa in Matchday one.
FC Porto 0 Chelsea 1 (Anelka), Champions League Group Stage, November 2009.
Chelsea 1 (Anelka) Porto 0, Champions League Group Stage, September 2009.
Chelsea 2 (Robben, Ballack) Porto 1 (Quaresma), Champions League Round of 16, March 2007.
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