StoryGREAT ACHIEVEMENT

Chelsea midfielder John obi Mikel has said that it would be a great achievement for the club if they managed to win the Champions League this season. Chelsea will be facing Bayern Munich in the final of the Champions League, but unlike the previous seasons, they will be heading into the match as the underdogs.

Even though Chelsea have won the Premier league and FA Cup trophies on numerous occasions in recent seasons, the Champions League remains the ultimate trophy that they are yet to win as a club since the arrival of Russian owner Roman Abramovich. They came extremely close to winning it back in 2008, but were denied by the width of the post.
Chelsea will be having a number of important players missing for the final against Bayern Munich.

Captain John Terry will be amongst the many players missing for the final, but John obi Mikel reckons that the club has enough quality in the squad to be able to replace them seamlessly. He says that Chelsea should also win the trophy in order to ensure them Champions League football next season. It is estimated that clubs will generate around £ 25 million in revenue just by taking part in the group stages of the Champions League.

“I had only just come into the club but after that I could see what the Champions' League meant to the players. And now we have a chance to put things right. We are now one week away from the greatest win ever for this club and we want to make history and be legends for this club. Hopefully on the 19th if luck and God help us we will make that history. If we can pull off this win it'll be the greatest achievement ever for this club," said Mikel.

StoryOBI MIKEL FROZEN OUT

The future of John Mikel Obi at Chelsea has come under huge questions after the defensive midfielder was once again left out of the starting line-up against the Spanish club Valencia in the final group match of the Champions League.

This was a highly important match for Chelsea given the context of the game. There was a real chance that Chelsea could go out of the Champions League at the group stages itself if they did not win against Valencia. Despite being highly crucial, Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas decided to go for the inexperience of Romeu in favour of the much more experienced John Mikel Obi.

It seems that Andre Villas-Boas has decided that John Mikel Obi is not good enough for Chelsea. The defensive midfielder has lost his place in the side since the 2-1 defeat against Liverpool at Stamford bridge. John Mikel Obi was at fault – by conceding possession far too easily – for the opening goal. He was substituted in the match at half-time itself and has not started a match since then. The 20-year-old Romeu – signed from Barcelona in the summer for just £ 4 million – has captured the attention of many since making the debut in the Carling cup. Now, it seems that he has convinced that manager Villas-Boas more than anybody else that he is the right man to replace John Mikel Obi.

“The manager gives us a lot of freedom to make our own choices, the chance to play in our own individual styles. He does not want us to play so direct, as they are used to in English football I came here because there was more chance of playing and to be playing in games of this magnitude - against Valencia and against City - is a marvel,” Romeu said after the Valencia match.

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