The Chelsea coach, Jose Mourinho, has praised Super Eagles midfielder, Mikel Obi, calling the Nigerian football star, a true professional.
Mourinho, while speaking on Chelsea’s official website ahead of the English Premier League, EPL, clash against Stoke City, said the exemplary display of Mikel and the rest of his squad was the major secret behind the Blues superb form this season.
Injuries, suspensions and a busy schedule has seen at least 20 members of Chelsea’s first team squad already being called into action in December and Mikel, one of the biggest benefactor of the scenario, has been highly praised by Mourinho.
“The first time (Mikel) played (in the Premier League) was (against) Newcastle and he was our best player,” the manager said. “How can he be our best player if he didn’t play in three months? Because he was working every day at the top level. Sad, frustrated, not happy? Maybe. But professional – that’s what I expect from the players.
“It’s the concept of helping the team. Everybody has to be ready to sacrifice for the team, to give everything for the team, to think about the team and not to be selfish. This is the way I want a team to be.
“The one that comes on in the last five minutes, he’s a crucial player. If he makes a mistake the team loses; if he doesn’t, the team wins. Everybody wins, everybody loses.”
Having gotten all the accolades, Mikel will be hoping he can cap it up with his 250th EPL start for Chelsea on Monday.