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The Blues have endured a stuttering start to their
Premier League campaign, taking just four points
from five games, and the Portuguese is wary of
their Israeli opponents.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has warned his
players that Maccabi Tel Aviv are good enough to
beat them ahead of Wednesday's Champions
League opener at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues go into the game as strong favourites
despite their disastrous start in the Premier League,
with the reigning champions having taken just four
points from their opening five games.

And Mourinho is wary of the Israeli side springing a
shock in west London as he looks to avoid another
damaging defeat.

"They are good enough to beat us," he said at his
pre-match press conference.
"I respect them. I watched them play in many
matches, I did my study, I know their team. I also
had information that in the last week they have
trained with a different system and will probably
play five defenders.

"Watford did that last season with the same
manager, so we prepare for both - for them playing
their normal way and also ready if they come with
five defenders. We know what to do. We trust
ourselves and we think we can win the game, but
respect is a good saying in football.
"We know we are a better team, we have to prove
that in the game."

Mourinho - who has confirmed that Falcao will miss
the clash but that Oscar is in line to return to action
- also insists that he has no intention of prioritising
the European competition over the club's domestic

He continued: "You have to go game to game. We
know we are points behind in the Premier League
but in the Champions League we know we need to
qualify because it is important for the club
economically and for us as professionals.
"We feel we belong to the Champions League not
the Europa League and if we can get three points on
Wednesday it would be a first step for us.

"It would be easy for me to say that [I prioritise the
Champions League] but I cannot tell you something
that is not true. We do not prioritise competitions."

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