They represented the odd couple in an imaginary team. When the PFA polled its members to determine who figured in their team of last season, two strikers secured the most votes: Harry Kane and Diego Costa. They can be portrayed as opposites in almost every respect, bringing the smile and the snarl respectively. It is just as well they are rivals when Tottenham host Chelsea on Sunday; it is hard to imagine two such diametrically different characters in harness.
A 4-0 win away in the Champions League is always very welcome. That Chelsea's opposition on Tuesday night was Maccabi Tel Aviv, a team with no points and with just one goal in this season's competition, matters little.
And yet there remains a degree of frustration at Chelsea's performance, which is rather strange considering the seemingly unequivocal scoreline. But for all Chelsea's dominance and clear superiority, there is no hiding from the fact that they struggled to put away spirited but...
Chelsea routed Maccabi Tel Aviv 4-0 in Israel to move to the top of Champions League Group G with one game remaining.
Gary Cahill opened the scoring midway through the first half for the Blues, who took the game by the scruff of the neck after Maccabi were reduced to 10 men when Tal Ben Haim was sent off shortly before the break.
Willian was the star of the show, assisting Cahill's goal with a corner and scoring Chelsea's second with a sublime free kick. Late goals from Oscar and substitute Kurt...
Three thoughts on Chelsea's 4-0 win at Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Champions League on Tuesday.
1. Another false dawn for Chelsea?
Back-to-back wins for Chelsea again at last, but also back to so many of the themes and discussions of this season.
That is the one big caveat to this otherwise-comfortable and convincing 4-0 win over 10-man Maccabi Tel Aviv: They were still dependent on two set pieces to get them going -- the second, of course, coming from another Willian direct free kick -- and still...