Chelsea cannot afford to drop any points in this one, although a victory could see them qualify, another poor result would kill any potential momentum that their victory over Norwich could produce.
The Blues sit three points off of group leaders FC Porto, who are on 10 points, and have lost all hope of finishing top of the group now. Whilst Mourinho is hoping his side can turn on the style this evening, the charismatic Portuguese gaffer is likely to be terrified of another poor result and the vitriol that will follow in the morning papers.
Chelsea will be fired up by their victory over Tel Aviv earlier in the competition and expect a fast start.
Here are a few stats to keep you entertained before the game:
Maccabi Tel Aviv have only ever won one Champions League game and have scored the least (1) and conceded the joint most (11) in this year’s competition.
Only four of Chelsea’s previous 13 goals have come from open play.
Willian may have been Chelsea’s star this season, but they win nearly double as many of their games in the CL when he does not start.
Chelsea team tonight: Begovic; Azpilicueta, Cahill, Terry (c), Baba Rahman; Fabregas, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa. #CFC
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 24, 2015
— World Soccer Talk (@worldsoccertalk) November 24, 2015