Chelsea Heads to Israel Despite Security Situation

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Maccabi's Eran Zahavi, right, grabbing the arm of Chelsea's Gary Cahill during the Champions League group G soccer match between Chelsea and Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015.
Maccabi's Eran Zahavi, right, grabbing the arm of Chelsea's Gary Cahill during a Champions League soccer match at Stamford Bridge in London, Sept. 16, 2015.Credit: AP

British soccer powerhouse Chelsea is to play against Maccabi Tel Aviv in a Champion's League match on Tuesday, despite security concerns in the region.

"You just rely on people who know a hell of a lot more than me about the whole situation to make sensible decisions," Chelsea defender Gary Cahill said on Sunday, according to the U.K.'s The Sun. "We have played in the right manner against France on the international stage and the security was fantastic from what we saw, so the decision was right. For our trip to Israel you rely on people who know more than us and they ultimately make the decisions."

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho concurred, according to the Get West London news site.

"The best way is to focus on football and happiness sit gives you. Leave security questions to the people that know more than we do," he said. "We can only focus on playing. I didn’t hear a single problem inside of the squad. We are very focused on what we need to do.

Mourinho added: "I have everybody without fears, just wanting to come. I even have a player that tomorrow his wife can have a baby and he is here to play because he knows how important it is for me."

The Sun quoted a Chelsea spokesman as saying, "We keep our security measures under constant review."

An Israeli man was killed in one stabbing incident at a West Bank gas station on Monday, while earlier in the day there was a separate stabbing attack as well as rocket fire from Gaza.

A victory against Maccabi Tel Aviv, which is the only side in the 32-team field that has yet to obtain a point, would seal Chelsea's advancement from Group G to the last 16. If Dynamo loses on the road to Porto in Portugal, Chelsea would only need a draw against Tel Aviv, which was already eliminated.

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