Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen that his side take maximum points from their two games against Maribor, with the hope that a pair of results against them will see them hit 10 points in the competition and secure early passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League, as reported by the Daily Mirror.
This would allow them to progress with two games left to play.
The Blues beat Sporting Lisbon in their second group game on Tuesday, winning 1-0 against the Portuguese side.
Mourinho was not happy with the side’s success at converting the opportunities that were granted to them, but firmly believes that they can confirm their progress after their two games against the Slovenian side.
He said: “We missed a lot of chances, I know, but we got three points and in the group it is about points.
“Now we are in control of our destiny. Next we play two games against Maribor. If we manage six points, that would be 10 and job done, so we have just to focus on beating Maribor.
“With chances we had, it could have finished 4-0 or 5-0 but when we couldn’t transform our dominance into goals, we had to make sure we closed the door on them and that’s what we did.’’
Chelsea face Arsenal at the weekend, entering the London derby with an undefeated record in all competitions thus far this season.
They were boosted by Diego Costa completing 90 minutes against Sporting in mid week.