Mikel feels the heat
Posted: 22 December 2008 Time: 08:08
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.