Chelsea crushed Maribor 6-0 in a predictably one-sided Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge on Tuesday that saw Jose Mourinho`s side stretch their unbeaten run from the start of the season to 12 matches.
In case they needed it, the short trip to Crystal Palace will re-focus Chelsea`s globe-trotting players on matters at home as the Premier League slips back into gear this weekend after the second international break of the season.
Chelsea wasted chance after chance and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 in their opening Champions League Group G match at Stamford Bridge that made a mockery of both teams` early season form.
Stamford Bridge offered a heartfelt ovation to a returning hero after delivering a hymn of adulation to an emerging one as Chelsea underlined their title intent with a 2-0 win over dogged Leicester City on Saturday.
When Arsenal playing their first match of the new English Premier League season against Crystal Palace, some of the World Cup stars will miss the fixture. Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger says that the season has come little too soon after a hugely demanding quadrennial tournament in Brazil.
Young forward Divock Origi vindicated his coach Mark Wilmots` decision to introduce him in the second half as his opportunistic strike in the 88th minute helped Belgium defeat a gutsy Russian team 1-0 making it to the final 16 of the World Cup here on Sunday.
Like mother, like son. Mrs Hazard used to play as a striker, in Belgium`s women`s first division. Now Eden is making a pretty decent stab of maintaining that maternal tradition at first Lille and now Chelsea.