Still basking in the euphoria of Saturday’s Champions League triumph, Nigerian and Chelsea midfielder, Mikel Obi, has sensationally revealed his role in Arjen Robben’s extra-time penalty miss at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.
Robben had the chance to put Bayern back in front from the spot after Didier Drogba tripped Frank Ribery in the area just minutes into the first half of extra-time.
However, after a short delay, Robben eventually saw his effort saved by Chelsea goalkeeper, Petr Cech.
Mikel revealed to Sky Sports that in the build-up to the penalty kick he had indulged in some mind-games with Robben to try and put him off.
“I told him, ‘Peter Cech knows where you are going to kick it’,” he added.
“I just told Robben that he is going to miss it. You know, we just do that sometimes as players,” Mikel said.
Mikel who was in the thick of action for the entire game, opined that the penalty miss renewed his confidence that Chelsea was destined to win the coveted European trophy which has eluded the team since when founded.
“I think when the penalty was missed, we kind of believed that this trophy was going to be ours.”
The victory has finally ended the nine-year wait by Blues owner, Roman Abramovich, to see his expensively assembled side emerge as European champions.
The Russian billionaire has never hidden his craving for Europe’s top prize and Mikel admits he had made the players aware of his expectations before kick-off.
“The owner has made it clear to us that this trophy is the trophy he wants to win. And now that we have done that, I think that he is a very, very happy man,” said.
“We have shown what we can do. And, hopefully, people can stop writing us off.
“I think we have made names for ourselves – we are the first club to win this trophy from London. I think it is just fantastic, it is amazing.”
DI MATTEO STAY
Meanwhile Mikel has also added his voice to the growing number of calls for Roberto Di Matteo to be appointed full-time manager at Stamford Bridge.
Mikel is full of praise for the impact Di Matteo has had on the club in his short spell in charge and revealed that he hopes he is awarded the job permanently.
“I would like to see him get the job,” said the 25-year-old.
“When he took over, he had a word with me and said he knows how good I am, I am just maybe lacking a bit of confidence. And he gave it back to me. But, at the end of the day, the club will make the right decision.”
Mikel is reportedly N75m richer for winning the UEFA Champions League last Saturday.