John Mikel Obi has admitted that he feels the pressure of anchoring Chelsea's midfield.

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Mikel feels the heat

Posted: 22 December 2008 Time: 8:08 am

John Mikel Obi has admitted that he feels the pressure of anchoring Chelsea's midfield, but is determined not to let Luis Felipe Scolari down.

"The coach said to me 'you are this team - when you don't play well, the team doesn't play well," said Mikel.

"So I felt big, big pressure after that but it means I go out there to make sure the team plays well and wins.

"It puts pressure on me but good pressure because I think it shows he's pleased with me and thinks I can live up to the task.

"All I have to do is keep going and keep doing the right things and at the end of the season, I can look back and say 'I didn't disappoint him'. Football is all about belief and I think Scolari has belief in me."

Chelsea face Everton in Monday's game looking to return to the top of the log after Liverpool once again failed to win against Arsenal.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:57 am
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Anonymous
posted: 12:01 pm
Mikal you are not playing anything in midfield for Chelsea and cannot support you if you are in Chelsea. Why you don’t drib again.
Awillo
posted: 12:38 pm
Upson, why do u guys continue complicating issues like this, if you don't see what he is playing in Chelsea, others are seen it, and also the coach are seen it. Must you continue hating the guy, he is a star. and the coach appreciate what he is doing in the Midfield so do i. The young guy is playing according to coach instruction, been an international player you must play according to your coach instruction. Upson, i just want to inform you about the latest news about Mikel, read it.

When Michael Essien, Chelsea's instrumental battling midfield player, sustained a cruciate ligament injury whilst on international duty with Ghana in September and was ruled out for the bulk of the season, many feared for the Blues' campaign.

Claude Makélélé, who cemented himself as one of the best holding midfielders of the past two decades with the Blues, had also moved on from Stamford Bridge, to Paris Saint-Germain, leaving four big boots to fill.

However, John Obi Mikel has emerged to do just that. The Nigerian has been impressive, without making too much fuss, and now a report in The People suggests that the 21-year-old will be awarded with improved terms.

In fact, the touted £120,000-a-week contract would leave him on a par with the club's top earners and see him trot into the Premier League's elite bracket of players.

Boss Luiz Felipe Scolari will not have much of a transfer kitty to work with over January, but he apparently wants to makes moves towards securing the future of his existing stars.

You can see that the guy is doing well.
Nonsense people who don't appreciate good thing in life.
Anonymous
posted: 02:07 pm
Awillo, shut up guy!! what do u know!! people like u are just ignorant and while I believe very much in freedom of expression, I will speak out against people making the sort of comments u just made, firstly, Upson also is free to express his opinions and secondly, if it was not that this same mikel could (and God forbid!!!!)potentially play in the SE's midfield, I would not take such an issue as to be bothered to write in regarding what u are saying, you clearly are on mikel's payroll, or have some selfish vested interest otherwise even someone like u should see that (for whatever reason) Mikel is simply not good enough, certainly for the Super Eagles...i dont care where else he is playing as I have no personal interest in chelsea's fortunes, but understand that I truly believe that its cause of him playing due to Essien's injury thats potentially making chelsea look like mugs at the minute and believe me if Scolari continues to play him, they will certainly win nothing this year, but again thats Scolari and chelsea's business,. I dont mind that he will get a bumper new package (if these reports are to be believed) and I will wait and see that happen before I believe it but good luck to him because, I genuinely want him to have the best, but I strongly maintain that he must not play for nigeria at the level he is currently playing because anyteam who relies on the like of him will win nothing...so awillo check urself mr, because we dont need people pulling the SE backwards because of their ignorance or selfishness or plain lack of football knowledge or maybe just plain blindness, because if u have seen mikel playing and u are not blind then u should be saying the same thing as myself and people like upson.
Anonymous
posted: 02:07 pm
Awillo, shut up guy!! what do u know!! people like u are just ignorant and while I believe very much in freedom of expression, I will speak out against people making the sort of comments u just made, firstly, Upson also is free to express his opinions and secondly, if it was not that this same mikel could (and God forbid!!!!)potentially play in the SE's midfield, I would not take such an issue as to be bothered to write in regarding what u are saying, you clearly are on mikel's payroll, or have some selfish vested interest otherwise even someone like u should see that (for whatever reason) Mikel is simply not good enough, certainly for the Super Eagles...i dont care where else he is playing as I have no personal interest in chelsea's fortunes, but understand that I truly believe that its cause of him playing due to Essien's injury thats potentially making chelsea look like mugs at the minute and believe me if Scolari continues to play him, they will certainly win nothing this year, but again thats Scolari and chelsea's business,. I dont mind that he will get a bumper new package (if these reports are to be believed) and I will wait and see that happen before I believe it but good luck to him because, I genuinely want him to have the best, but I strongly maintain that he must not play for nigeria at the level he is currently playing because anyteam who relies on the like of him will win nothing...so awillo check urself mr, because we dont need people pulling the SE backwards because of their ignorance or selfishness or plain lack of football knowledge or maybe just plain blindness, because if u have seen mikel playing and u are not blind then u should be saying the same thing as myself and people like upson.
Anonymous
posted: 02:08 pm
Awillo, shut up guy!! what do u know!! people like u are just ignorant and while I believe very much in freedom of expression, I will speak out against people making the sort of comments u just made, firstly, Upson also is free to express his opinions and secondly, if it was not that this same mikel could (and God forbid!!!!)potentially play in the SE's midfield, I would not take such an issue as to be bothered to write in regarding what u are saying, you clearly are on mikel's payroll, or have some selfish vested interest otherwise even someone like u should see that (for whatever reason) Mikel is simply not good enough, certainly for the Super Eagles...i dont care where else he is playing as I have no personal interest in chelsea's fortunes, but understand that I truly believe that its cause of him playing due to Essien's injury thats potentially making chelsea look like mugs at the minute and believe me if Scolari continues to play him, they will certainly win nothing this year, but again thats Scolari and chelsea's business,. I dont mind that he will get a bumper new package (if these reports are to be believed) and I will wait and see that happen before I believe it but good luck to him because, I genuinely want him to have the best, but I strongly maintain that he must not play for nigeria at the level he is currently playing because anyteam who relies on the like of him will win nothing...so awillo check urself mr, because we dont need people pulling the SE backwards because of their ignorance or selfishness or plain lack of football knowledge or maybe just plain blindness, because if u have seen mikel playing and u are not blind then u should be saying the same thing as myself and people like upson.
Anonymous
posted: 02:10 pm
Awillo, shut up guy!! what do u know!! people like u are just ignorant and while I believe very much in freedom of expression, I will speak out against people making the sort of comments u just made, firstly, Upson also is free to express his opinions and secondly, if it was not that this same mikel could (and God forbid!!!!)potentially play in the SE's midfield, I would not take such an issue as to be bothered to write in regarding what u are saying, you clearly are on mikel's payroll, or have some selfish vested interest otherwise even someone like u should see that (for whatever reason) Mikel is simply not good enough, certainly for the Super Eagles...i dont care where else he is playing as I have no personal interest in chelsea's fortunes, but understand that I truly believe that its cause of him playing due to Essien's injury thats potentially making chelsea look like mugs at the minute and believe me if Scolari continues to play him, they will certainly win nothing this year, but again thats Scolari and chelsea's business,. I dont mind that he will get a bumper new package (if these reports are to be believed) and I will wait and see that happen before I believe it but good luck to him because, I genuinely want him to have the best, but I strongly maintain that he must not play for nigeria at the level he is currently playing because anyteam who relies on the like of him will win nothing...so awillo check urself mr, because we dont need people pulling the SE backwards because of their ignorance or selfishness or plain lack of football knowledge or maybe just plain blindness, because if u have seen mikel playing and u are not blind then u should be saying the same thing as myself and people like upson.
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
Mikal is our brother but i don't like seem him being a Chelsea player because he is not dribbling like i know him before. Awillo, tell me how many black and African players who have earn £120,000-a-week before in premier league.
Anonymous
posted: 05:34 pm
this upson guy doesnt hav a clue of wat he is saying.must he dribble to show he is a good player........he dribbles and loses pocesion, what next?..if u watch chelsea's games and u say u dont see wat he is playing, then you either stop watching soccer (cos u obviosly dont know wat the game is about) or u just letting hate becloud ur soccer sense of reasoning......with a holding midfielder like mikel, all we need is a good attacking midfielder and too very good flankers and we our midfeild is spot on......
Anonymous
posted: 05:48 pm
Who cares about his impressive play with Chelsea as long as the boy remains a spoilt brat and unpatriotic to national calls. Chelsea is full of arrogant players, talk about the Chief racist ballack, the spoilt brat Mikel,the Chief Diver Drogba, and many others.That`s why they are losers. They definetly will loose the EPL and Euro Champions league. Mikel should grow up to find a place in Barca team next season. It is a team of Champions and best soccers stars in the world. Barca till I RIP.
fcb
posted: 06:11 pm
I CONQOUR WITH U UPSON ON MIKEL OBI PERFORMANCE, BUT AWILO U HAVE TO WATCH FOOTBALL VERY WELL. DONT FORGET THAT MIKEL IS STILL TROUBLE COS MICHAEL ESSIEN WILL BE BACK NEXT YEAR. THEN MIKEL WILL FIND IT HARD.
fcb
posted: 06:13 pm
MICHAEL ESSIEN SHOT AND SCORES IN CHELSEA BUT MIKEL LACK THOSE THINGS. LOOK AT BELETTI GIVING POWERFULL SHOTS. MIKELL SHOULD WAKE UP.
Billion Original
posted: 06:33 pm
KO, you deleted my comments cos' I wrote of the inconsistencies in ur website. It's appaling that u can report cases of FA's failures but refuse to comment on the inconsistencies on your website. I hope you change in the new year.
Anonymous
posted: 07:05 pm
Hello forumites. Can someone tell me what's going on with KICKOFFNIGERIA wedsite. Why do we have to go thru SouthAfrican site?

Awillo
posted: 11:24 pm
Hello Chief, Abule, or what ever you call yourselves. You can say what ever you like about the guy. He is a world class player so get it in your head. Why not go and play the game stupid people. Berca, is doing their own job, so is none of my business. Chelsea will remain what they are. Mikel will continue playing even if Essien is back he will play along side Essien Deco or ballack will be at the bench. Just be happy that the guy is doing well. if you all don't wanna be happy you all can go to Hell. Chief you are fool, you even talked about berca. let me remind you last year Samuel Eto, Kicked a Journalist. does that make him a Patriotic person. you should know it today that all berca player is full of arrogant. Mikel is the heart of Chelsea, so know it today. Nonsense
Anonymous
posted: 02:22 am
Awillo de little kid,you need not be furious like a mad cow in the village square. Nobody is going to hell because you are arrogant blues.

There is no basis to compare Eto and Mikel, the 2 are poles apart and the former, a more nutured,matured and established world class soccer player.Comparing both is like comparing Drogba with King Kanu. Mbanu Awilo, abi na sentiment de worry you.

We can help Mikel to grow more better by reminding him that pride goes before fall. It is also applicable to all human endeavours.

As for the Blues, let`s wait and see if they can cross the The Old Lady,(Juventus)hurdle in the Champions league round of 16.Remember they are yet to win that special trophy since their inception over a century years ago, and there is no possibility they gonna do it this time around, but Barca can.

I say, Forza Barca! Ma lo Barca jari!
Anonymous
posted: 03:33 am
it is so unfortunate sum people dont kno anything bout soccer.@ chief what is unpatriotic to national calls hasn't he bn playing previous games......it is so unfortunate hw people dont reason past their noses. and d whole barca thing shows how shalow u are...and for ur information under mourinho mikel was playing games even with essien present.....they played together, benching belleti ,benching ballack....mikel is getting close to becoming a true world class holder, and the truth is dat wtever u say and think would'nt change anything......
fcb
posted: 06:06 am
AWILO, NOW I KNOW U PROBLEM, U ARE MEMBER OF AWILO DANCERS FROM CONGO I DONT WHY U CAME TO DEBATE FOOTBALL. MIKEL IS A PLAYER BUT HE SHOUL TRY AND CHANGE HIS FOOTBALL STYLES. CHELSEA CANT WE ORDINARY EVERTON. CHESEAL SHOULD GO AND FIGHT IN SUNDAN WAR I THINK THE WAR WE STOP SO.. FAST. THEY ARE PLAYING IRELEVANT FOOTBAL MINUS MY GUY THERE DECO NUMBER 20
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 am
He's ok. There has been lapses in Chelsea midfield since ESSIEN injured, but MIKEL has done his part ok.
fcb
posted: 06:07 am
AWILO, NOW I KNOW U PROBLEM, U ARE MEMBER OF AWILO DANCERS FROM CONGO I DONT WHY U CAME TO DEBATE FOOTBALL. MIKEL IS A PLAYER BUT HE SHOUL TRY AND CHANGE HIS FOOTBALL STYLES. CHELSEA CANT WE ORDINARY EVERTON. CHESEAL SHOULD GO AND FIGHT IN SUNDAN WAR I THINK THE WAR WE STOP SO.. FAST. THEY ARE PLAYING IRELEVANT FOOTBAL MINUS MY GUY THERE DECO NUMBER 20
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