Maccabi Tel Aviv no match for Chelsea

Maccabi Tel Aviv received a painful introduction to life in the Champions League group stage on Wednesday night, suffering a 4-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Maccabi was making its first group stage appearance in 11 years, with the last Israeli side to do so being Hapoel Tel Aviv five years ago.

In case anyone forgot the huge gulf in quality between Israel’s top clubs and Europe’s best, Wednesday’s match was a stark reminder of the harsh reality.


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